Summary: Standing in the Freedom of the Gospel: Bearing Each Others Burdens
Standing in the Freedom of the Gospel:
Bearing Each Others Burdens
We are on the last leg of our Galatians series, “Standing in the Freedom of the Gospel,” starting chapter six today, looking 6:1-5, 'Bearing Each Others Burdens.” When we come to faith in Christ, we begin a process the Bible calls Discipleship. A Disciple is someone who knows and follows Christ, is being changed by Christ, and is committed to the cause of Christ, making disciples. The central core of the discipleship process is being part of a community of like minded people, who are committed to you and the discipleship process. There is power in community. This passage points to community in two ways. First, Paul uses a familial word, brothers, highlighting that we are a family and families care for each other. Jesus even puts a higher value on spiritual family than paternal family (Mat 12:46-50). Being a Christian means you become concerned about, connected, and committed to each other as family. If you call CCC your home; we expect you to be an active part of this family – be part of a Life Group, serving the body, and reaching out to those who do not know Christ. He also uses the term 'one another,' which occurs over fifty times in the New Testament describing a comprehensive and intimate involvement in the lives of others who are part of the Christian community, the church. Now no one person can care for 100 + people so we have life groups, comprised of 8 to 12 people where you can care for each other.
Message in a Sentence - Spirit Led disciples help carry the burdens of family and those God puts into our lives.
We Bear Each Others Burdens by Going Directly to Them
There are two types of burdens mentioned in this passage – the burden of sin and the burdens of life. The first is described as being 'caught in transgression,' or 'being overtaken by sin.' That means being caught off guard by your sin or falling into a pattern of sin and not realizing it or being blind sided by sin. He does not mean that we are not responsible for our sin. James says, But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (Jam 1:14 -15). We may be surprised by our sin but we are never victims of it. There are also the burdens of life that weigh us down. They may be hardships, difficulties, suffering, sickness that wears us down so that we become disheartened, discouraged, and doubt the goodness of God.
Lets define burdens from what we have seen. Burdens are either circumstance of life that threaten to crush our joy or satisfaction in God by losing sight of the goodness of God or sin that leaves us in jeopardy of condemnation and subject to judgment.
Now notice that he says we are to go directly to them. We are not to go to others or remain silent. Both of which are sin. It is a sin to remain silent and it is a sin to go to others and gossip, slander, etc. A purpose of God for community is not to lay burdens on others but to lift them. We do this to restore them. That word restore is used of mending nets and setting a broken limb. When we go to individuals who are burdened by sin or life we restore or repair them and so fulfill the law of Christ – love God and love our neighbor. Paul not only tells us what to do in community but also how to do it.