Sermon Guide Book of Galatians Part 4 - "Hypocrites" Big Idea: There’s no such thing as a better Christian. Galatians 2:11-21 11But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong. 12When he first arrived, he ate with the Gentile believers, who were not circumcised. But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision. 13As a result, other Jewish believers followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14When I saw that they were not following the truth of the gospel message, I said to Peter in front of all the others, “Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you now trying to make these Gentiles follow the Jewish traditions? 15“You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. 16Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” 17But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! 18Rather, I am a sinner if I rebuild the old system of law I already tore down. 19For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God. 20My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. Discussion Questions 1. Do you have trouble reading the Old Testament because of all rules and regulations? Were you aware that all those laws were made to show you that you need a savior? Name some laws that you think are weird or ridiculous. 2. Like Peter, what is an area in your life where you are most afraid of criticism? 3. What is your “plus”? What other thing besides Jesus do you feel like you need to feel whole, valued, loved? What is it that, if you just got THAT THING, you would feel whole, complete?
Hypocrites - Galatians 2:11-21
March 21, 2021 • Lead Pastor Jason Isaacs
Souls With Wings - Galatians 6:12-16
Part 9 • April 25, 2021 • Lead Pastor Jason Isaacs
Sermon Guide Book of Galatians Part 9 - Because of Jesus Big Idea: There’s no such thing as a better Christian. Galatians 6:12-16 12Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. 13 And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples. 14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. 16 May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. The Gospel You are more weak and sinful than you believe, but more loved and accepted by God than you know Discussion Questions: 1.Share one thing you have learned from this series that you didn’t know before. 2. Does the statement “halfway to being a Christian” strike a chord with you? In what way? 3. How has this series helped you fully embrace the truth of the Gospel, that salvation comes from believing in Jesus and nothing else? 4. Do you feel like a relationship with Jesus has “given you wings”? 5. What thing in your life makes you feel most valuable? Are you still putting your faith in yourself? How can your group pray for you?
Fruit Of The Spirit - Galatians 5:13-26
Part 8 • April 18, 2021 • Associate Pastor Megan Gardner
Sermon Guide Book of Galatians Part 8 - Fruit of the Spirit Big Idea: I know I’m a Christian but I don’t always act like one. Galatians 5:13-26 13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[a] 15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. 16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. What to remember as you’re growing: 1.Fruit doesn’t appear overnight. 2. I’ll never stop sinning, but that’s okay. 3. Who I am right now is who Jesus died for. Discussion Questions: 1.Talk about things that seem to take forever and you have little patience for. 2. Who is someone you know that you believe is a good example of what a Christian should look like? Do you think of them as still struggling with sin? 3. When you look back, what is a way the Holy Spirit has grown you? 4. What’s an area of frustration where you aren’t growing fast enough? How can your group be praying for you?
Expression Of Faith - Galatians 5:1-6
Part 7 • April 11, 2021 • Lead Pastor Jason Isaacs
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