Religious Person vs Jesus Person List

Religious Person vs Jesus Person List

Season 2 - Going Public
Episode 8 - "Don't Miss The Point”
Pastor Josh McPherson, June 23, 2019
Text: Luke 6:1-11

The Religious Person vs. The Jesus Person

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…is jealous when they don’t get attention for their good work that they work hard at…

…how they live is an effort of self-justification to earn God’s approval. 

 

The Jesus Person…

…does not keep track of their good works because they are resting in the finished work of Christ… …how they live is a matter of worship and response to God’s grace.

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…thinks they are inherently better than someone else based on their moral track record (that they keep very close score of).

 

The Jesus Person…

…does nothing out of vain conceit, but in humility, they consider others better than themselves (Phil. 2:3).

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…has lost touch with the depravity of their own heart and the potential for sin that they possess, were the restraining hand of God’s grace be removed.

 

The Jesus Person…

…says “prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love, here’s my heart oh take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.”

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…have given themselves permission to excuse some sins (theirs) while condemning other sins (in others).

 

The Jesus Person…

…views all sin as an offense to God, no matter how small, and is more intensely aware of their own sin than others. 

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…thinks of sin as a matter of outward actions and behaviors, and strives to keep the outside looking clean. 

 

The Jesus Person…

…understands that sin is first and foremost a matter of the heart, and strives to be right before God in matters of the heart’s motive and desires.

 

  1. The Religious Person… …looks at Jesus as equal.

 

The Jesus Person… …looks to Jesus as savior.

 

  1. The Religious Person… …has lost touch with the sin-potential of their heart.

 

The Jesus Person… 

…is deeply aware of the complexity of their heart to worship false idols.

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…believes the press it’s own flesh produces about it’s self-goodness and spiritual status.

 

The Jesus Person… …understands there is no one righteous, no not one (Rom. 3:10)

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…is offended when not given credit they think they deserve for the good work they’ve done.

 

The Jesus Person… …is amazed at the work Jesus is doing through them.

 

  1. The Religious Person… …is impressed with themselves.

 

The Jesus Person… …is impressed with Jesus.

 

  1. The Religious Person… …believes they are above certain people.

The Jesus Person… …is humbled and eager to serve anyone and everyone.

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…jumps on the bandwagon of shocked disappointment and heartless condemnation when hearing about the sin of others.

 

The Jesus Person…

…is heartbroken when hearing of other’s sin and is quick to extend the same mercy and grace they are receiving from Jesus that very moment. 

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…secretly rejoices when others fall and enjoys making them pay while they are down. 

 

The Jesus Person…

…genuinely grieves when others fall and longs for their quick restoration.

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…appoints themselves as judge & jury over the repentance of others.

 

The Jesus Person…

…feels no need to judge someone’s repentance, believing that is an issue between the sinner and God.

 

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…is shocked when others disagree with them and they are unwilling to consider they may be wrong.

The Jesus Person…

…never assume they see everything perfectly and are always open and willing to have their minds changed. “Let God be true and every man a liar” is their cry (Rom. 3:4).

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…often withholds affection and love for someone who they believe to be in sin. They pull away from the unclean.

 

The Jesus Person…

…quickly extends love and affection to the fallen sinner. They move towards the unclean… be it the exposed prostitute, the addicted teenager, the greedy businessman, the porn-addicted husband, the fallen pastor, the adulterer wife. 

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…often uses themselves as the litmus test of righteousness, somehow always measuring up. It often sounds like…“Well, I certainly would never do that…” or “…I always do this…”

 

The Jesus Person…

…looks to Jesus as the litmus test for righteousness. They are happy to let his righteousness stand in for theirs. 

 

  1. The Religious Person… …have very little hope for other people to change.

 

The Jesus Person…

…looks at the work Jesus has done in them and knows there is hope for all sinners who look to Christ and his power.

 

  1. The Religious Person… …has very little love for people unlike themselves.

 

The Jesus Person… …has a growing love for all, no matter their walk of life.

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…lives in a world of their own making…their rules, their game, their standards. They are infuriated when other people violate their rules. 

 

The Jesus Person…

…lives firmly in God’s world and see Him alone as judge and jury. They have no need for anyone to answer to them. 

 

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…takes it upon themselves to speak on behalf of Jesus as judge over others.

 

The Jesus Person…

…takes it upon themselves to love on behalf of Jesus, the friend of sinners.

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…often finds reason to step forward & protest or critique something or someone in a local church.

 

The Jesus Person…

…often finds ways to step up to encourage and help something or someone in the local church.

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…regularly finds things to criticize and point out as wrong in other people’s lives

 

The Jesus Person…

…regularly finds evidence of God’s grace to celebrate in other’s lives.

 


  1. The Religious Person… …is always pointing out where other people are falling short.

 

The Jesus Person… …is always celebrating how far people have come.

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…sits in the bleachers throwing Bible verses at those on the field and writes articles on Monday about how differently they would have done it. 

 

The Jesus Person…

…is on the field drawing strength from the Word of God to continue doing the hard work of loving people in Jesus name, however imperfectly. 

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…are often unwilling to forgive (truly forgive) even the smallest of sins or offenses against them.

 

The Jesus Person… …is quickly and easily able to forgive sins against them.

 

  1. The Religious Person… …is easily and often offended.

 

The Jesus Person…

…is almost un-offendable. They’ve been pardoned by God…they easily pardon others.

 

 

  1. The Religious Person… …is blind to their need for a physician.

 

The Jesus Person… …knows that death was certain if not for Christ’s mercy.

 

  1. The Religious Person… …demands you give an account to them.

 

The Jesus Person…

…holds no man a slave, but lives himself to give an account to God and God alone. 

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…loves to give out justice by their own hand in the judgment of others.

 

The Jesus Person…

…loves to do justice in the service and defense of others.

 

  1. The Religious Person…

…withholds mercy stringently, proving they haven’t really received it themselves.

 

The Jesus Person…

…extends mercy lavishly, giving to others what they are so richly enjoying in Jesus.

 

The Religious Person’s battle cry is LAW!

 

The Jesus Person’s song is LOVE!

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