SERMON TEXT: Matthew 7:1-6

SCRIPTURES REFERENCED: Matthew 5:48, Romans 2:5, Galatians 2:21, Romans 3:26, 2 Timothy 3:2-5, Titus 3:10-11, Matthew 18:17

NEW CITY CATECHISM: Question #17 | Q: What is idolatry? Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security.


  1. Self-Assured Judgment is Blinding: Your View of the Law and God are Too Low
  2. Self-Assured Judgment is Blinding: You Don’t See the Grace and Mercy You’ve Received (Or Need)
  3. The Cure: Receive and See Grace and Mercy
  4. Don’t Judge but be Discerning


The most pressing need in our world today is, “How do I decide what is good or bad for me?” - Justin Anderson

"If politics keep us from using the word genocide, 100 years after the fact, what hope to confront mass atrocities as they happen?" - Nicholas Kristoff, the New York Times

"Picture the world through the eyes of the jerk. The line of people in the post office is a mass of unimportant fools; it’s a felt injustice that you must wait while they bumble with their requests. The flight attendant is not a potentially interesting person with her own cares and struggles but instead the most available face of a corporation that stupidly insists you shut your phone. Custodians and secretaries are lazy complainers who rightly get the scut work. The person who disagrees with you at the staff meeting is an idiot to be shot down. Entering a subway is an exercise in nudging past the dumb schmoes." - Eric Schwitzgebel, “A Theory of Jerks”, Aeon

“You will never find as much sin in another person as you will in yourself. If you see a great deal of another person, you see one year or two. But when you look at yourself, you see your whole life, especially the serious blemishes that nobody else knows about. And then you must be ashamed of yourself.” - Martin Luther, Luther’s Works vol. 210, page 218

All you big shots who swagger and stride with conceit.
Did you devise how your frame would be formed?
If you’d be raised in a palace or left out on the streets?
Or Choose the place or the hour you’d be born?
Tell me what can you claim not a thing, not your name.
Tell me if you can recall just one thing, not a gift, in this life.
— Dustin Kensrue, Beggars

Thrice - Beggars (Live)