Summary: A small amount of sin can corrupt the thinking of a large group of people at the church.
A Little Leaven Leavens The Whole Lump
July 31, 2005 Chester FBC Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Speaker
Lance Armstrong won his seventh Tour de France in a row this last week.
A He is sporting legend who comeback from cancer a few years back.
1 The race is long, difficult, and only the worlds best race the tour de france.
a Paul uses a race analogy in today’s text.
b He tells the believers at Galatia that they started the race well, but in the lat few laps they have started messing up.
c "hindered" cutting in or tripping up. (IL.) Early runners were not an oval track with lanes. They ran around a pole. They would get tripped or pushed out of the way.
2 7 You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. 10 I have confidence in you in the Lord that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. Gal 5:7-10 (NASB)
a The Galatian church was slowly becoming disable by a small amount of sin in its members. (ETS)
b A small amount of sin can corrupt the thinking of a large group of people in the church. (ESS)
B I hope you’ll evaluate your leaven level. (Objective)
1 How much do you know about the leaven that can level your run with Christ? (Probing Question)
2 Let’s look at two lessons we can learn about how sin slowly takes us out of the running of the race. (Transitional Sentence)
I The first lesson we can learn about how sin slowly takes us out of the race is . . . about leaven’s origin. (v.8)
A Paul points away from God as the source of the Judaizers teaching. " . . . did not come from Him [God] who calls you."
1 Paul’s not saying the source was Satan, though that may be the case.
2 His point was that the teaching had nothing to do with God’s will & purpose.
B Anytime sin is present, realize that did not come from God.
1 Doesn’t mean the devil is hiding under every pew and behind every door; it doesn’t mean that he’s not working either.
2 The devil gets blamed for things that he knows nothing about!
(Led me not into temptation, I can find it just find by myself.)
C The Judiazer’s message was about works of law, not about God’s work of grace through Christ.
1 Many in the church got off course because of this flawed message.
2 God didn’t call them by the law.
a 6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; Gal 1:6 (NASB
b God called them by His grace. (Grace was the course)
3 Any message that says God’s grace is insufficient for our salvation, you immediately know that it is not from God.
D When Pam & I got married we received many gifts, some duplicates.
1 We had bought a crock pot before we took our vows and received one just like on at our wedding.
a A few weeks after the wedding, we took the crock pot to Wal-Mart w/ a receipt and wanted our money back.
b The gal at the service desk looked at us like we were crazy. (You didn’t get this here. She then gave us back our receipt, our K-Mart receipt.)