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Oxymoronic Faith. Definition:. ox· y· mo· ron ( ŏk ΄ sē-môr ΄ ŏn ΄ ) n. A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined , as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist. Examples of Oxymorons:. Go Ahead, Back-Up Peace Force

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    1. Oxymoronic Faith

    2. Definition: • ox· y· mo· ron (ŏk΄sē-môr΄ŏn΄) n. A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist

    3. Examples of Oxymorons: Go Ahead, Back-Up Peace Force Government Efficiency White Chocolate Same Difference Act Naturally Short Sermon Civil War Crash Landing Pretty Ugly Military Intelligence Cafeteria Food Holy War Jumbo Shrimp

    4. Oxymoronic Faith • Definition: A Faith Expression that Contradicts Itself

    5. Oxymoronic Faith • Definition: A Faith Expression that Contradicts Itself • The Prime Example: “No, Lord!”

    6. Peter’s Oxymoronic Faith #1 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things… that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21-22

    7. Peter’s Oxymoronic Faith #1 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, “Never, Lord!” he said, “This shall never happen to you!” Matthew 16:21-22

    8. Faith is Oxymoronic When: • We Put Safety above Suffering Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple. Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple. Luke 14:26-27 (The Message)

    9. Peter’s Oxymoronic Faith #2 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet” John 13:6-8

    10. Faith is Oxymoronic When: Kings like to throw their weight around and people in authority like to give themselves fancy titles. It’s not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant. Luke 22:25-26 (The Message) • We Put Position Above Service

    11. Peter’s Oxymoronic Faith #3 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles… and birds… Then a voice told him, “Get up Peter. Kill and eat.” “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. Acts 10:11-14

    12. Faith is Oxymoronic When: • We Let Traditions Keep Us from Sharing Our Faith You cancel God’s command by your rules. Frauds! Isaiah’s prophecy of you hit the bulls-eye: These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their heart isn’t in it. They act like they’re worshipping me, but they don’t mean it. They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy. Mark 7:9-13 (The Message)

    13. Authentic Faith: • Jesus Isn’t Lord At All Until He is Lord Of All Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance—isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. Matthew 7:21 (The Message)