March 27, 2020
Our Freedom, Our Fight, Our Flesh and God’s Fruit in Our Lives
Galatians 5:13-26 | Pam Larson | 3.27.2020
1-Our Freedom (13-15)
2-Our Fight (16-18)
- HOPE for the fight … 3 reasons ...
- 1-Because of A promise! the Spirit’s help! (16)
- 2-Because the battle is real and is hard!- but we have the Spirit (17)
- 3-Because if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (18)
- So we have the Spirit living in us, we WALK in the Spirit, we are led by the Spirit and we plead for the Spirit’s help in fighting the battle.
- We also need the Word, God’s promises, to fight this battle against the flesh.
3-Our Flesh (19-21) (Paul contrasts our flesh with the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.)
4- God’s Fruit (22-23)
- Love, joy and peace all are “gospel overflows” of the saving grace of Christ in our lives
- Those lead to the sweet ways we then interact with others around us...with patience, kindness and goodness
- As the fruit of the Spirit ripens, our radical transformation manifests in faithfulness, gentleness and self-control...becoming more and more like Jesus.
Our Ongoing Fight (24-26)
- An imperative- walk by the Spirit/keep in step with the Spirit
- An indicative- Because you are crucified with Christ, and have crucified the flesh, keep crucifying those fleshly desires, walking by the Spirit, living by the Spirit, keeping in step with the Spirit
We are free from sin and death, free to love, fighting our flesh in the power of the Spirit and walking, living, being led by the Spirit. This means we are continually directed by and influenced by the Spirit, and His fruit.
March 16, 2020
The False Gospel of Feminism (ADRIEN SEGAL)
How does our having our identity rooted in Jesus give us the tools to discern and confront the subtle worldly influences that surround us? Adrien will share how she has grown in understanding the Bible’s high calling for women and the joys promised to us.
March 13, 2020
AIM: See the clear choice—Christ is all or Christ is nothing! We can’t add to Jesus’ work on the cross.
- Christ + anything = NOTHING
- Christ + nothing = EVERYTHING
1--Christ is nothing
A. IF-- Circumcision accepted (v2-4)
- No advantage (2); obligated to keep the whole law (3);
- severed from Christ (4) and fallen away from grace
B. THEN--Continued warnings (v7-12)
- hindered you from running well (7)
- NOT from him who calls you! (8)
- leaven (9) is legalism ...clean it out! “Cast out” (4:30) the false gospel of legalism.
- will face penalties!
- And a word of hope here: Paul is persuaded that the false teachers will NOT ultimately win the Galatians over to their view….why? Paul has His confidence in the LORD!!)
- troubling you (10) … the false teachers will face penalties!
- Persecuted you (11)
- take away the offense of cross by preaching salvation is Jesus plus circumcision (11)
- Unsettled you (12)
- emasculate themselves (12)
2- Christ is all! (v5-6)
- through the SPIRIT
- by FAITH
- in CHRIST
- only FAITH
G.R.A.C.E.—God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense
G.R.A.C.E.—God’s Rescuing And Caring Exertion (John Piper)
Cross-references: 1 Corinthians 15; Romans 5; Romans 11:29; John 8:31-32; Jeremiah 32:40; 1 Corinthians 1:8–9; Philippians 1; Jude 24; 1 Thess 5:23-24; Romans 8:30; 1 John 2:19; Hebrews 3:14
March 5, 2020
My aim for us this week is that we would understand our identity in Christ as children of promise, and that because we know our identity we would walk in the freedom that Christ purchased for us on the cross.
- vv. 21-23: Paul engages the Galatians with a contrasting analogy related to Abraham
- vv. 24-30: Paul explains the analogy to the Galatians
- vv. 24-25: Hagar represents slavery to the law
- vv. 26-28: Galatian believers are free/children of promise
- vv. 29-30: Like Isaac, the Galatian believers are being persecuted by those who are born according to the flesh
- 4:31-5:1: Paul encourages the Galatian believers by reminding them of their identity and exhorts them to stand firm in grace/freedom.
February 27, 2020
Become as I am!! In Christ ... Christ in you!
1- IN Christ (Become as I am! … I am IN CHRIST.)
- How? (12)
- Why? (12c-14) Remember…..
- 1- He was WEAK (13)
- 2- But they WELCOMED him (14)
- 3 theories
- What? (15-16) But now? …..
- Contrasting motives (17-18)
- Motherly pain (19-20)
2- Christ in you (Until Christ is formed in you!)
“Christ being formed in us is the same as our being formed in Christ. For we are born that we may be new creatures in him. And he, on the other hand, is born in us so that we may live his life.” (Calvin, John, John Calvin's Commentaries On St. Paul's Epistles To The Galatians And Ephesians, p86)
- Col 1:27-29 Christ IN me!
Become like Paul who is IN CHRIST, free and not under the law.
Become like Christ! … Christ IN you!
February 20, 2020
VV.1-7: You are no longer a slave, but a son
- VV.1-2: Paul explains the heir/child/slave dynamic
- VV.3-5: Paul applies the model to their situation
- VV.6-7: Paul gives evidence of their adoption to remind them of their status
VV. 8-11: Don’t go back to slavery!
- V.8: Paul reminds the Galatians of their previous status
- V.9-11: Paul contrasts God’s choosing of the Galatians with their wandering
February 13, 2020
Promise and Law: Leading Us to Jesus
A. Promise and Law (15-18)
B. WHY the Law? (19-25)
- The law was added “because of transgressions.” (increased sin, 3:19, 24)
- The law was temporary. (In force only until Christ, 3:19)
- The law was inferior. The promise is BETTER! (intermediary 3:19-20)
- The law was not contrary to the promise. (3:21)
- The law could not give life. (3:21-25)
6. The law pointed to Jesus!
C. Trace OFFSPRING
- Genesis 3:15
- Gal 4:4
- WHO is the promise made to? (16)
- Mediator? (19)
- NOW who are we? (29)
D. Trace CHRIST
- Promise to Christ (16)
- Law until Christ (19)
- Both fulfilled in Christ (22-25)
- Identity in Christ (26)
- Identity in Christ leads to Unity in Christ (26-29)
February 5, 2020
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, therefore let us live by faith.
- Vv.10-12 As many as are of works of the law are under a curse
- V.10: All who rely on works of the law are under a curse, because who can do all the things? (Both passive and active)
- V.11: It’s obvious that no one is justified by the law, because “the righteous shall live by faith” quotation.
- V.12: The law is not a matter of faith, but of doing.
- Vv.13-14 Christ redeemed us from the curse, so that we might receive the blessing of Abraham
- V.13: Christ redeemed us from the curse by becoming a curse for us
- V.14: SO THAT/SO THAT: so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
January 30, 2020
The main point that Paul is making in Galatians 3:1-9--
ALL of the Christian life is By FAITH, through the Spirit, NOT by what you DO
1- A Rebuke: Reflect on your own history! (the PERSONAL argument v1-5)
2-A Review of Redemptive history (going back to Abraham) (the BIBLICAL argument v6-9)
November 20, 2019
November 20, 2019
It is only in Christ that we are justified. By faith in Jesus we are made right with God.
And in Christ, we are dead to the law and alive by grace because Jesus lives in us!
1- In Christ ...
- Justified by faith (15-16)
2- In Christ…
- Dead to the law (17-19)
- Alive by grace (20-21)