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GRACE VS WORKS

 

Gal. 4:21-31

 

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Intro – Judaizers were trying to teach the new Christians that they were not really Christians if they did not keep the law.

 

Our salvation does not come through keeping the law and is not maintained by keeping the law. We are free from the law and answer only to the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

I. Why would anyone want to go back to the old way?

 

A. Lack of faith.                      Rom.4:4-5,  Rom.4:21-22

 

B. The need to do something. Rom.11:6, Heb.11:6

 

 

 

II. Paul uses an historical account to explain law and gospel. Jn.1:17

 

A. Hagar & Ishmael = the law of the old covenant. (24-25)

 

1.  Ishmael = (man’s idea) trying to work its way to salvation.  Gen.16:1-2, Jn.8:33

 

2.  Salvation by works, like the Pharisees?      Matt.23:27, 33, Rom.2:12

 

B. Sarah & Isaac = Grace, God’s promise to us.          Jn.1:12,   Rom.3:28

 

1. Isaac = (God’s idea) faith, set free from sin to freely serve Christ.   Rom.8:14, Gal.5:18, Rom.6:22-23

 

2. The better way.        Heb. 7:18-22,  Heb.12:22-24

 

 

 

III. Which kind of person are you?

 

A. If you place yourself under the law you will be judged by it.     Gal.3:2-3, 10

 

B. Salvation by grace, like all believers, led by the Spirit?  Jn.14:26, Jn.15:26, Jn.16:13

 

 

 

Con. – The life of a Christian is one which is in tune with the will of the Holy Spirit. Rom.8:16, Matt.5:27-28.

 

He allows the HS to guide him according to the word of God. The result of grace not the means of grace is that we follow the Lord’s commands. Jn.14:15.

 

 

PLEASING TO THE LORD

 

Ephesians 5:1-10

 

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Intro – We know that Jesus lived a perfect life and none of us can be perfect in all of our actions. However, that’s the goal we should set our sights on. We should strive to be like Jesus.

 

 

 

I.  We please the Lord by imitating God as revealed through Jesus Christ.

 

A. If you are a Christian you are a part of God’s family. Jn.1:12

 

B. Love the way Christ loves, sacrificially. (1-2)

 

1. Gave Himself as an offering.  Ex.28:41, Ex.29:18, Jn.6:51,  Heb.7:27,  Rom.12:1, Phil.3:10-14

 

2. Because He loved us we should love other believers.  Jn.13:34, Eph.5:25, 1Cor.13:5 “does not seek its own”

 

C. Walk in the light. (8-9)  Mt.5:16, Eph.5:13, 1Jn.1:7, Ps.119:105 

 

1. Goodness = upright, kind.  Rom.15:14

 

2. Righteousness = right with God, integrity, correctness in how you think, feel and act. Phil.3:9, Rom.10:10, 10:3

 

3. Truth.= Eph.4:24

 

4. Thankfulness (4)  1Thess.5:18

 

 

 

II. We cannot please the Lord if we live in sin. (3-5)

 

A. Impurity – in thought or deed.

 

B. Greed –never satisfied with what God has given.  Col.3:5

 

C. Filthy talk /jesting. - Making fun of the things of God. Gal.6:7, 2Pet.3:3

 

 

 

III. The end result of those who do not please the Lord.

 

A. Cannot go to heaven. (5) 1Cor.6:9-10

 

B. God’s wrath will be upon them. (6) Rev.21:8

 

 

Con. Knowing this do not be partakers with them who do these things.  Instead continue to learn and do those things that will be pleasing to the Lord. (10)

 

SERVANTS OF GOD

 

2Cor.6:1-10

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Intro – Think of the text today as a job description. A job description for those who would be servants of God. When we come to life’s end all of us should want to hear, “well done good and faithful servant” Mt.25:23

 

 

 

I. You were saved for this purpose. (1-2)

 

A. Don’t let your life be meaningless. James 1:22

 

B. He heard your prayer of repentance. Ps.34:6

 

C. He forgave you and saved you. Rom.10:13

 

 

 

II. Represent the One who purchased you.  (3)  Rev.5:9

 

A. Do not offend and there by hurt the ministry.  1Cor.10:32,  Rom.16:17

 

B. But represent Christ in all you do.  Phil.3:17, 2Th.3:9

 

 

 

III. This is what you need to do!  (4-10)

 

A. Endure (4-5)

 

1. affliction – oppression        2. Hardship – difficulties in life          3. Distress – being stressed out.

 

4. beatings       Acts 16:23       5. Imprisonment     6. Tumults–mobs  Acts 14:19

 

7. hardwork – filled with trouble        8. Sleeplessness -                     9. Hunger

 

 

 

B. Reflect Christ in your character.(6-7)

 

1. purity –virture, chastity       2. Knowledge – about the faith          3. Patience – longsuffering, put up

 

4. kindness – goodness, moral integrity     5. Spirit filled – living     6. Love – caring for others

 

7. truth-be truthful      8. Power – changed life.  

 

 

9 Prepared –vessels for God 2Tim.2:21

 

 

 

C. Be prepared to be misunderstood. (8-10)

 

1. Glory & dishonor                2. Evil report & good                          3. True but called a deceiver.

 

4. Unknown & known                        5. Dying yet living.                             6. Punished but not dead.

 

7. Sad yet rejoicing                 8. Poor yet making others rich            9. Having nothing but having all.

 

 

 

Con. Remember, the job may be tough, but the retirement plan is out of this world!!  Jn.14:3

 

 

TESTED FAITH

 

Matthew 15:21-28

 

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Intro – What kind of faith do you have? Why did Jesus refer to this woman’s faith as “great”? In spite of all the obstacles she trusted Jesus.  Faith is simply trusting Jesus. In times of trial we find out how strong our faith is.

 

 

 

I. She trusted God’s plan. (21-23)  Jer.29:11 

 

A. In spite of what she could not see. Gen.22:1, Heb.11:17-19, 1Pet.1:6-7, Heb.11:1

 

B. She trusted God’s word. A Messiah from the line of David.  (22) Jer.33:15, Mt.4:24

 

C. A Messiah who would set people free.  Is.61:1, Lk 4:21

 

1. The majority of Jews thought only of political freedom from Rome.

 

2. This woman apparently understood it meant spiritual freedom from past sins.  Deut.18:10-11

 

 

 

II. She trusted Jesus to do what she knew He could do.  (24-25)

 

A. She humbly sought His power. James 4:6

 

B. Pride would have sent her away.  Captain Naaman – 2Kings 5:10-16

 

 

 

III. She trusted God’s will. (26-28)

 

A. The Lord had come to reach the Jews. Mt.10:5-6

 

B. Faith allowed her to see the bigger picture. Gentiles would be included. Mt.21:43, Mt.12:21, 1Pet.2:9

 

 

 

Con. This Canaanite women was a believer.  She believed Jesus was who the bible said He was and she trusted Him completely. That’s the faith Christ wants to see in each one of us.

 

 

ONCE FOR ALL

 

1Peter 3:18-20

 

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Intro – The teaching that Christ died “once for all” is an important truth. Some continue to re-sacrifice Christ over and over as though His death and resurrection was not enough. The difference is portrayed between Christ on the cross and the cross being empty. We believe He sacrificed His life once and that was sufficient. This phrase tells us certain truths.

 

 

 

I. His sacrifice was complete, nothing more is necessary. Jn.19:30

 

A. Doesn’t everyone believe that? NO – only born again bible believing Christians believe it.

 

B. Mormons teach you must pay for your own sin.  Mormon Doctrine page 92-93

 

C. Catholics teach you must add good works to be forgiven. “Council of Trent”   Gal. 5:4

 

D. The truth is God’s work of salvation is complete.

 

1. Sin has been paid for. Heb.7:27, Heb.9:28, Heb.10:10

 

2. The gift is of salvation is free. Rom.3:24,28,  Eph.2:8-9, Rom.6:23

 

 

 

II. He wants to “bring us to God”.   2Peter 3:9

 

A. He did everything to bring us back.  2Cor.5:21, Gal.3:13, Rev.5:9

 

B. He has provided a way to escape hell.  Like Noah vs 20

 

1. He is patient, 120 years in Noah’s case!

 

2. As with Noah their does come an end.  Heb.2:3,  Heb.3:13

 

 

 

III. He proclaims His call to us today.  2Peter 2:9

 

A. Come, He wants to give you rest. Mt.11:28

 

B. Call, He will forgive and save you. Rom.10:13

 

 

 

Con. – The price for your sin has been paid. Have you accepted His gift of salvation?

 

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