Transforming Ordinary People into Extraordinary Followers of Christ

Parables – Jesus the Storyteller: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector – August 8, 2021


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  • Remember that true holiness is rooted in a humble heart and a commitment to truth, not simply in outward conformity to a moral code.
  • When you are frustrated by your moral failure, remember God’s mercy and grace. Come to God, to confess your sin, and receive the forgiveness Christ purchased on the cross. Thank God for sensitivity to sin—in your struggle, you may be closer to true holiness than you realize.
  • When you are tempted to focus on the sins of others, take a hard look at your own life instead. First, deal with the log in your eye before you attempt to take the speck out of someone else’s eye!
  • If you have not placed your trust in Christ as Savior—you need to take that step today. If you would like to trust Christ as Savior, contact us here. After providing your contact information, scroll down to the Ministry Information Request section and mark the first or second checkbox. You can also email us at: We look forward to helping!


Each week, write down one doable concrete step of obedience, small or large, that you will put into practice this week. (James 1:22: “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”)


Community group leaders, use this version of TP/WP to prepare for meaningful discussion during your Community Group.

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