Title: “Overconfidence Kills ” in the Jesus Above All Things Series by Jeff Piepho ( April 2, 2023)
Jeff Piepho delves deep into the dangers of spiritual complacency in “Overconfidence Kills”, deriving lessons from 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. The sermon sheds light on the severe outcomes of being too self-assured in one’s spiritual relationship with God, especially by overlooking the profound implications of sin.
Using the Israelites as a vivid example, Piepho recounts their catastrophic mix of pride and sin, leading to God’s severe retributions. From idolatry, seen in their creation of a golden calf during Moses’ absence, to indulging in the temptations of the Moabite women, the Israelites consistently wavered in their faith.
Further emphasizing the importance of steadfastness, Piepho speaks about the pitfalls of testing God’s patience. He highlights the Israelites’ continual doubts and complaints, which led to God’s sending of venomous snakes as a form of divine chastisement.
Yet, amidst these tales of caution, Piepho injects hope into his sermon. He elaborates on the three promises found in 1 Corinthians 10:13. Believers are assured they can endure temptations, that God always provides a means during trials, and that salvation is accessible through genuine belief, confession, and repentance.
Practicality is at the heart of Piepho’s message. He encourages believers to actively confront and renounce sin, emphasizing the significance of repentance, confession, and accountability. Drawing from Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:29-30, he underscores the need for drastic measures against sin, advocating metaphorical sacrifices to avoid eternal consequences.
Closing on an uplifting note, Piepho advises believers to focus on the pure, noble, and praiseworthy, as seen in Philippians 4:8. Echoing Paul Washer, he reiterates that true conversion is marked by a vehement battle against sinful desires rather than their absence.
Through this sermon, Piepho issues a resounding call for self-examination, urging believers to introspect, wage relentless war against sin, and prioritize God above all else.