MASK (Coming Clean & Getting Real) - Message 1

Series: UNCHAINED (Breaking Free From The Pain, The Power And The Prison Of The Past)

April 03, 2016
Chuck Bernal, Lead Pastor - LifePointe Church -

This is the first message in Pastor Chuck Bernal's series, "UNCHAINED" (Breaking Free From The Pain, The Power And The Prison Of The Past). The message is titled, "MASK - Coming Clean And Getting Real". In this message Pastor Chuck talks about the meaning behind the word "hypocrite" (mask wearer) and why it is important to take off our masks in order to be set free from the past issues that hold us back and weigh us down. By getting real and coming clean, with God's help we can find the path toward healing and wholeness. This message was delivered at LifePointe Church on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

Episode Notes

Pastor Chuck Bernal – Part 1: MASK – Sunday, April 3, 2016


Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I

do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me.

(Philippians 3:13 – ERV)

You will experience the truth, and the truth will free you . . . and if the Son sets you

free, you are free through and through. (John 8:32, 36 – Msg)

When I “forget” the past, I refuse to let it __________________________________,

______________________________, or ________________________my present life


It is bad for you, teachers of the Law and proud religious leaders, you are hypocrites

who pretend to be someone you are not! You clean the outside of the cup and

plate, but leave the inside dirty . . . Take care! Don’t do your good deeds publicly,

merely to be seen by others . . . When you give a gift to a beggar, don’t shout about

it as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call

attention to their acts of charity! . . . When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites

who pretend piety by praying publicly on street corners and in the synagogues

where everyone can see them . . . When you fast, don’t do it publicly, as the

hypocrites do, who try to look tired and disheveled so people will feel sorry for

them. (Matthew 23:25-26 – NLV/ Matthew 6:1-2, 5, 16 – LB)


In Greek, the word “hypocrite” means someone who is pretending to be or

acting as someone else (wearing a mask). It can be negative, as in someone who

is intentionally trying to deceive by being a fraud, fake or phony or simply

neutral as descriptive of a stage actor who is merely assuming the role for a play.

In either case, a “hypocrite” was someone who was pretending to be someone

else and wasn’t who they appeared to be.

TWO REASONS WE WEAR MASKS: ______________ & __________

Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then

you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.

(Romans 12:2 – CEV)

The temptation to substitute ______________ for ______________

The temptation to substitute ______________ for ______________

The temptation to substitute ______________ for ______________

God doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the

eyes, but the LORD sees into the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7 – CEV)


Then he told this story to some who boasted of their virtue and scorned everyone

else: “Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a proud, self-righteous

Pharisee, and the other a cheating tax collector. The proud Pharisee ‘prayed’ this

prayer: ‘Thank God, I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax

collector over there! For I never cheat, I don’t commit adultery, I go without food

twice a week, and I give to God a tenth of everything I earn.’ “But the corrupt tax

collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he

prayed, but beat upon his chest in sorrow, exclaiming, ‘God, be merciful to me, a

sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home forgiven! For the

proud shall be humbled, but the humble shall be honored.”

(Luke 18:9-14 – LB)

Not everything that is faced can be changed,

but nothing can be changed unless it is faced. (James Baldwin)

We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate

behind the scenes . . . Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open,

the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for

themselves in the presence of God. (2 Corinthians 4:2 – Msg)

STEP 1: __________________ your struggles (Remove your mask!)

STEP 2: ______________________ your struggles (Get some help!)

STEP 3: ________________________ your struggles (Look to God!)

Each time the Lord said, “I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up

best in weak people.” Now I am glad to boast about how weak I am; I am glad to be

a living demonstration of Christ’s power, instead of showing off my own power and

abilities . . . for when I am weak, then I am strong—the less I have, the more I

depend on him. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10- LB)

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