This is Us: Authenticity

When you think of an authentic person, what images come to mind? What does it mean to be authentic? Join us as we continue our This Is Us series as we dive into Authenticity. Listen as Paul Kiss explores Matthew 7:13-29 and 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8. Together we discover that our actions will identify us as either an authentic Christ follower or just someone playing the game of religiosity.

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This is Us: Authenticity

Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: July 14, 2019

Your actions will identify you as an authentic Christ follower or just someone playing the game of religiosity. Text: Matthew 7:13-29; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

1. Authenticity and the Golden Rule

Text: Matthew 7:12

2. Jesus is the gateway for authentic living

Text: Matthew 7:13-14

3. Authentic Christians are known by their actions

Text: Matthew 7:15-20

4. Two kinds of people

Text: Matthew 7:21-27
1. Those who authentically follow Jesus by obeying his teaching.
2. Those who play the religiosity game. (Lord, Lord).

1. When you think of an authentic person, what images come to mind?
2. Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8. How does the Apostle Paul exemplify an authenticity that is attractive to others?
3. In verse 8 of the above passage, Paul speaks about sharing their lives with the Thessalonians. What might it look like today to authentically “share our lives” with others?
4. As Christ-followers, what lessons about authenticity can we take from the Apostle Paul in this passage?
5. Read Matthew 7:21-27. What surprises you about Jesus’ teaching in these verses? How does obedience to the teachings of Jesus make us authentic Christians?
6. What is one area of your life that you need to give over to Jesus so that you become more of an authentic person? What will it take for that to happen?

1. Listen to this sermon from Timothy Keller, about Authentic Christianity: Watch Here.
2. Read through Matthew 5-7 with an eye for how obedience to Jesus’ teaching, in these chapters, lends itself to true authenticity. If you embraced this teaching, how much more authentic would people find you?

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