There are many passages in God’s word that are familiar, not just to Christians, but to the world as well. Most people, at least in the western world, would recognize John 3:16 and a few other verses as part of the Bible. They know something of the stories of Noah and the Ark, Moses and the Parting of the Red Sea, David and Goliath, Jonah and the Big Fish, and Christ’s birth. But there is perhaps no other passage that is so often quoted — and quoted out of context — as Luke 6:27 (and the parallel passage in Matthew 7:1), “Judge not, and you will not be judged.”
Those who otherwise disdain God’s word are quick to quote “Judge not” whenever there is any hint of a moral standard expressed and particularly when their own sin is brought to light. But Jesus clearly did not mean that any kind of discernment about the actions of another was necessarily wrong. Just a few verses later, He tell His disciples that they must be able to “see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye” (Luke 6:42). The speck represents sin, and seeing clearly means being able to accurately discern your brother’s character and actions.
But Jesus meant something when He said, “Judge not.” It is important that we understand and obey what He meant. Listen to the sermon to discover how to apply this often misunderstood portion of Scripture.
Self-Examination is Essential to Disciple-Making
If we are going to be effective in making disciples for our Lord, we must first be able to accurately examine ourselves. Jesus follows His command to “Judge not” with parables that illustrate this point. Listen to the sermon to discover five reasons that self-examination is essential in making disciples.