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I’M A BIG HYPOCRITE
March 23, 2014
“I don’t go to church, because the church is full of hypocrites.” It’s one of the biggest hurdles that keeps people from church, and one that people use to keep their distance from God. But the truth is that hypocrisy is more than a barrier when it comes to faith. It’s something we all deal with every day.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young looks at what Jesus had to say about this potent topic. And we discover how admitting our own hypocrisy – in every realm of life – is the prerequisite to experiencing true influence and authenticity.
It’s great to see everybody today. Thank you for being here at Fellowship Church, and is everybody ready to talk about hypocrisy? Yeah. I’m excited. Let’s say it together. It’ll help us, it’ll free us up. I’m gonna say, “I’m a big hypocrite.” On the count of 3 you say it with me. 1-2-3-I’m a big hypocrite. Doesn’t that feel great? Doesn’t it feel liberating? For some of us it’s the first time we’ve ever admitted the obvious. God is not shocked by our admission of hypocrisy. Let’s say it once again. 1-2-3-I’m a big hypocrite. Amazing. And you’re looking at a hypocrite up here.
The other day I was inviting someone to Fellowship Church and they said,
“You know, I really don’t want to go to Fellowship Church because Fellowship is full of hypocrites.” I said,
“No, we’re not full of hypocrites. There’s always room for one more. Why don’t you attend Fellowship?” And sometimes I meet people who say,
“I’m looking for the perfect church.” I say,
“No, no, no. You find the perfect church you’ll screw it up because you’re a hypocrite.” Did you hear about this horse that can count? I read about it several weeks ago. This horse, if you say what’s 1+1 the horse will go <stomp stomp> with his hoof. Two. 2x2, he will <stomp stomp stomp stomp>. Then some preacher said, “Mr. Horse, how many hypocrites are there at church?” and he just started dancing and stomping his feet.
Don’t Drench the Hypocrite
March 30, 2014
Hypocrisy is everywhere. But is it something we recognize in ourselves as much as we can point it out in others? Or do we elevate and convincing ourselves that hypocrisy is one thing we don’t struggle with it?
In this message, Ed Young takes a look at one of the strongest parables in Scripture. And as he unpacks Jesus’ words of warning about hypocrisy, we discover that our own position before God determines so much of our potential in life.
Welcome to Fellowship Church, all of our many different locations. We’re one church I think in 10 locations. We’re happy to have you here by the miracle of technology. What I’m saying now is being said all over the place. So thank you for being right here in gorgeous Grapevine, Texas. Gorgeous Grapevine, Texas.
I was in the 7th grade and I found myself in our four-story tall church building. See, Dad’s a pastor and I was waiting for our Sunday night worship service to begin. So I’m up there just hanging out, a couple of girls, one or two guys, and I’m looking down and I’m watching people walk down the sidewalk to church. Four stories up I’m looking down. I’m in the 7th grade. I can’t resist at just looking at people, so I began to spit at people. And I’ve got decent hand/eye coordination so I figured out if I spit one crack in the sidewalk in front of them, the spit would hit them perfectly every time. It was hilarious! I mean, I almost got a hernia laughing at people. Because people would just walk to church, BOOM! And they wouldn’t even know it. They were like… just keep on walking. And I did that for a while and we were laughing. And then I thought, OK, OK, OK. I’m gonna take it to the next level.
So there was a trash can in this little Sunday school room. I went to an old-school water fountain, filled the trash can full of ice-cold water. And I said to myself, man, I am going to drench the next person I see! And the girls are like, don’t do it! You’ll get in trouble! Don’t… you’re gonna hurt someone! And I’m thinking to myself, I’m not gonna throw the trash can four stories, just the water. It’ll be funny, ya know? Let’s have some fun!
So I see this guy, way down the street, walking to church. He was decked out, kind of an older man, head in the air, looked very pious and self-righteous, carrying this giant Bible under his arm. And I said, this is my target. So when he got one crack away. I aimed for the crack where I had been spitting on people, and I threw the water.
Get Some Hygiene
April 6, 2014
Christianity is the world’s largest religion. Yet, it’s not really about religion at all. What it’s really about is a relationship with Jesus.
In this message, Ed Young unpacks a confrontation in the New Testament where Jesus talks about the difference between religion and relationship. He shows us how a life of hypocrisy can actually keep us from understanding the power of a relationship with God. And we discover that when it comes to a relationship with Christ, it’s more about our heart than about any list of rules.
Wow! I can’t believe you’re here! I mean we had the trifecta this weekend! The National Championship, NASCAR, and nasty weather. Give yourselves a crazy round of applause for being here. I’m impressed. I almost didn’t show up myself. But Lisa elbowed me in bed this morning and she goes, “Ed, you’re the pastor of the church. Get up and go to church.” So I’m here. Man, thanks for being here. Y’all doing all right? OK.
I want to welcome all of our different locations. We have a number of locations. We’re one church in many locations and you might be going, well, how do you do that? We do that through the miracle of technology. So right now we’re being seen in London, England, down in the magic city, Miami, Florida, we have two campuses there. Our online campus, that’s cool. What’s up, guys? Plano, Texas, Downtown Dallas, Park Cities, Keller Southlake, Fort Worth, and right here in gorgeous Grapevine, gorgeous Grapevine.
You know, speaking of college basketball, I played college basketball for Florida State University, and I’ve got some funny stories about the Seminoles, especially some stuff that happened back in the locker room. You know, we had some real shenanigans going on back behind closed doors. We had a guy, a teammate, who was not very fond of taking showers, after the game or practice. And finally some of the guys on the team had had enough and they looked at him and they yelled this across the locker room:
“GET SOME HYGIENE, MAN! Get some hygiene! At least run some water over your body. Get some hygiene!” And that’s the title of today’s message: Get Some Hygiene, man. Get some hygiene.
By Ed Young
April 13, 2014
“If I ever went to church, the roof would cave in!” It’s a thought many people have. It’s one that reveals a lot about what we think of ourselves and of our relationship with God. But what we often miss is how great that event could actually be in the life of so many people.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young takes a look at a biblical account of a roof actually caving in. And as we learn how four men did everything they could to get their friend to Jesus, we discover the challenge and potential we all have to get those we know through the roof.
Welcome to Fellowship Church. You know, Fellowship Church is a church that has a lot of seats. Have you ever thought about that before? We have a lot of seats. We began Fellowship over two decades ago and when we had our little church in a little office complex that we were renting we had one service. We ran out of seats. In fact, most of our services back in the first six months were so crowded we had to tap the regular attenders, the members, on the shoulders and ask them to go sit out in the hall or stand around the edge while visitors and guests would have a better seat. Well, now we have this 10-facility location. We have 10 different sites, and the reason we have these multi-site locations is simply to provide seats for people. Not only are we a church now in this area, we’re also a church in Miami, Florida. We have several campuses there. We have campuses all over Dallas/Fort Worth. We have campuses across the pond in London, England. We do it because we want to provide seats for people. You know, I’ve never seen an empty seat come to a personal relationship in Jesus Christ. But, I have seen someone sitting in a seat come into a personal relationship with Christ.
We have some funny stories about people who have occupied these seats over the years. We’ve had celebrities in seats. We’ve had people who are fresh out of prison in these seats. We’ve had political figures in these seats. We’ve had Academy Award-winning actors and actresses over the years to cycle through Fellowship. We’ve had teachers in these seats. We’ve had preachers in these seats. We’ve had all sorts of people occupy seats. And there’s something about a seat. In fact, our seat is made for a seat. We like to have a seat. We want to have good seats. And a lot of people are focused on front-row seats or maybe box seats or I had to sit in the nosebleed section. Or maybe, just maybe you have reserve seats. And we like to sit usually in certain places. Having spoken a lot, especially at this location, I can look around and see many familiar faces because you’re sitting in the same places. And that’s sort of natural. There’s something about a seat.
A song background that is accompanied by a click track which matches the tempo of the songs "Imma Be" by the Black Eyed Peas and "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw. This song background was used in the series "I'm a Big Hypocrite" by Ed Young.
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A song background that is accompanied by a click track which matches the tempo of the song "The Real Me" by Natalie Grant. This song background was used in the series "I'm a Big Hypocrite" where Ed Young shows the importance of learning to match what we do with what we say.
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We’ve all been there before, caught between the intention of our words and the reality of our actions. It’s not a place we ever intend to go. But the fact is, weíve all done it at some point. We’ve become what we say, we despise – a hypocrite. The great news is that we don’t have to remain in that no-mans-land between what we say and what we do. There is hope beyond our hypocrisy.
During this hard-hitting series, Pastor Ed Young shows us the danger of saying one thing while doing another. And in the ensuing weeks, we discover exactly what it takes to remove the mask of hypocrisy for good.