Contributed on May 27, 2013
In this section, the Apostle Paul challenges the Galatians to walk in the Spirit, and reminds them of what the Spirit can help us do. I am especially indebted to Warren Wiersbe and have used many of his points from his commentary in this lesson.
Introduction: A. This morning I want to begin by showing you something amazing – did you know that I own a magic glove? 1. Here is my magic glove – it is amazing because it can pick things up. a. When I drop something, all I have to do is tell it to pick it up and it does ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2013
As we move into Chapter 6, Paul gives concrete examples of what it means to live as a Christian who is guided by the Spirit.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a man who was looking for a job and noticed that there was a “help wanted” sign at the zoo. 1. He inquired about the job and discovered that the zoo had a very unusual position that they needed to fill. 2. Apparently, their gorilla had died, and ...read more
Contributed on May 20, 2013
In Galatians 5:1-12, Paul makes it clear that we have been set free, but all that is lost if we return to the slavery and yoke of the Law.
A. Last year, a movie called Big Miracle was released. How many of you have seen the movie? 1. It is a movie that told the true story of a 1988 international effort to free 3 gray whales trapped four miles from freedom by early ice formation in Alaska. 2. At first few bothered to notice their ...read more
Contributed on Jun 18, 2013
This is the last sermon in the Galatians series. It covers verses 11-18 and then reviews the lessons learned in the whole book.
Introduction: A. Today is Father’s Day, and we want to wish all of the fathers among us a Happy Father’s Day, and we pray that God will bless you with the wisdom, love, and strength needed for blessing your children. B. Let me ask you a question: Have you ever found yourself ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2013
This sermon is the first in a series on the book of Galatians. This sermon covers the first 10 verses and acts as an introduction to the series.
Introduction: A. Let me start this morning with some questions: 1. What is it that really gets you going? What is it that really makes you mad? 2. What gets your emotions stirred and launches you into a fight’em mode? 3. I came across this funny bumper sticker: “I'm just driving ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2013
This sermon focuses on Paul's testimony as he defends his apostleship. The sermon is an adaption of a sermon by Ray Pritchard "How a Terrorist Became an Evangelist: The Amazing Story of Paul’s Conversion" (www.keepbelieving.com)
Introduction: A. The story is told of a family from the back woods, who many years ago, made their first visit to the big city. 1. As they checked into a grand hotel, they stood in amazement as they looked at all the new and impressive things they saw. 2. As dad checked them in at the reception ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2013
In this sermon, we see that Paul believed that the truth of the Gospel and the care of the poor were worth fighting for.
Introduction: A. The story is told of a young boy who arrived home from school with two black eyes. 1. His mother said to him, “Have you been fighting again? Didn’t I tell you that when you were angry you should count to 100 before you did anything?” 2. The young boy replied, ...read more
Contributed on Apr 8, 2013
As we study Paul's confrontation of Peter in Galatians 2, we learn a number of lessons: the infallibility of leaders, the power of peer pressure, and the truth of the Gospel that we are saved by grace and not by works.
Introduction: A. You are probably familiar with the traditional Russian parable about the hunter and the bear. 1. One day a hunter raised his rifle and took careful aim at a large bear. 1. When he was about to pull the trigger, the bear spoke in a soft, soothing voice, “Isn’t it ...read more
Contributed on Apr 16, 2013
In this section of Galatians, Paul continues to explain why we are saved by grace through faith and not by works.
Introduction A. The story is told of a Sunday School teacher who was trying to help her kindergarten students learn about what saves us. 1. She asked the class, “If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?” ...read more
Contributed on Apr 23, 2013
So which is greater, the Law or the Promise? How are we saved by one and not the other?
Introduction: A. There is a story about a student at Cambridge University who entered the classroom on exam day and asked the proctor to bring him cakes and ale. 1. The proctor refused, expressing astonishment at the young student’s audacity. 2. At this point the student read from the ...read more
Contributed on May 8, 2013
Paul explains that returning to the Law is not a step toward maturity, but a step backwards to childhood.
Introduction: A. Children love to answer the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” 1. I read an online article where the writer asked a 2010, a preschool class the question about what they wanted to be when they grew up and here are some of their answers: “When I ...read more
Contributed on May 14, 2013
The critical question is not: Is your spiritual father Abraham? Rather the critical question is: Is your spiritual mother Sarah or Hagar?
Introduction: A. How many of you are familiar with the children’s book “Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman? 1. It has been one of my favorite books since I was a child. B. “Are You My Mother?” is the story about a hatchling bird. 1. His mother, thinking her ...read more