Note: Don't be mislead by the early AM posting times on the blog. Much of what I write is done the day or two before and then I schedule it to post at about the same time every day. That's at least my goal. So, no, I'm not up posting sermon outlines at 4AM. I try to do this before I go to bed Sunday Night. I don't always, but I try.
“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! ” (Galatians 1:6–9, NAS)
Fundamental: Abandoning the truth of the Gospel is exactly the same as abandoning the Lord Jesus Christ.//You cannot “respect Jesus of Nazareth” and reject the Gospel
All parts of the Gospel: Depravity of man, necessity of atoning sacrifice
1. Abandoning the message of salvation by grace: when we add works, we lose Jesus Himself
2. Abandoning the exclusivity of the Gospel: when we believe that the Cross was unnecessary, we desert Him who died for us
Fundamental: The truth of the Gospel is independent of the messenger
1. Messengers may change: some may have once preached truth but now don’t: change the channel now.
2. Don’t focus on the messenger: should the messenger fall short, God’s truth
1. Accept the Gospel: Surrender to Christ as Lord
2. If we accept that the Gospel is the only way to salvation: what price is too high to restrain us from telling the world?
3. Compare what people teach and preach now to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hold to the standard of the Word
4. Be certain that you are not the stumbling block
5. Don’t let a constantly shifting world shift your Gospel---let it remain fixedly His Gospel
“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. ” (Galatians 1:10, NAS)
I. Paul has been, apparently, accused of having preached ‘grace’ to receive people’s approval
II. He is asking the Galatians to consider if he is now seeking man’s approval or God’s.
III. He then highlights the critical issue:
a. It is not always possible to please God and man
b. So, we must choose
IV. Is our goal in life to please people?
V. If we have been bought by the blood of Christ, it cannot be our goal to please men
VI. What does this mean for us?
a. At church:
i. We will not always be happy in church
ii. We are here to serve God
iii. We are here to please God
1. If these ideas result in us also pleasing mankind, great
2. If not, tough break
b. At work:
i. You do understand you don’t work for your boss, right?
ii. You work for Jesus Christ, your Master
iii. Please your Master and forget your boss’s opinions
1. Given that pleasing your Master results in:
4. Intensity of effort
c. At home:
i. Husbands: you are not here in to please your wives
ii. Wives: you are not here to please your husbands
iii. You are both in your home to please Christ
1. In how you behave
2. In how you treat each other
iv. Children: you have to obey your parents because God commands it
v. Parents: your goal is not to raise kids that are:
1. Good students
2. Good mannered
3. Good citizens
4. Rather: that please God
5. If the first 3 happen, great (and they generally will)
d. At life:
i. What parts of your life are you trying to hold on to?
ii. Let it go…be obedient.