Sunday morning, July 12, sermon preached by Pastor Brian McLaughlin. 

Thank you for joining us today at Fairview Baptist Church!  If you are a guest, thank you so much for being here with us today. Today, throughout our service, it is my prayer that you will see just how amazing the grace of God truly is and just how free the gift of His righteousness is to those who believe in Him by simple faith. (Romans 3:24) Jesus has changed our lives completely and it is the worship of Him that thrills our hearts.  Our desire today is to point our focus to the cross.  It is the cross that reminds us of the great shame and condescension that our Savior was willing to endure. 

Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood. 

This, the pow'r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross. 

Do you remember the childhood story about the “Emperor and his New Clothes”?  There are many interpretations and applications to that story, but one is clearly a lesson on pride.  The danger with pride is it is potentially blinding to the most obvious things in life.  Let us draw our attention to God’s Word this morning as we examine this sin, expose it, seek to see it’s remedy when held against the backdrop of the gospel.