Summary: As the family of God our church is called to come together in relationship with one another. We support and encourage one another. We are better together
Sept 16, 2012 Jay Davis Robison ISA 64:4-8 GAL 3:1-8, 26-29
There are so many things that divide us our nation unsettling division
Even at VBC if we were to choose many things can divide us
Raise hand if right handed, left? Male, female, understand other sex
How many of you are outgoing or wish blabber mouths quiet?
How many of you like country music? Rap? Classical?
Root for Duke, Clemson, NC St. UNC,
Born in NC or elsewhere are many things which can divide us
not even going to in to Dem or Rep, Conservative or Liberal
We are not 1st people to be so divided Galatians also choosing sides
Churches in Northern Galatia what is now northern part of Turkey.
In conflict trouble false teachers were dividing people
Saying if you accepted Christ to keep salvation, convert to Judaism!
You gotta get circumcised! Keep OT law! Gotta become like us!”
Moderating position said Jews who follow Jesus keep OT law
Gentiles who followed Jesus did not have to
Result was the people were pointing fingers at each other
Just like people often do in today
Do you think dissention and division are pleasing to God?
How do we then come together?
1. Recognize we are all in the same boat
When Paul sees this divided church points to source of real unity
What do you SEE ? wants to remind them of the heart of our faith
Sometimes we get so caught up in our fight lose sight of big picture
When we are divided we tend to become rigid less cooperative
Paul is blunt in dealing with the people Vs 1 ESV
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your
eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.
When Phillips explains this passage calls them not foolish but idiots
Word used there for bewitching to cast a spell with an evil eye
Most often when we are divided we major on minors
We choose up sides and start to steel ourselves for a battle
Paul said don’t you remember what its really all about
Jesus Christ’s crucifixion made you right with God
Paul says the heart of our unity is in Christ alone
The issue is TRUSTING vs TRYING
Trying points to our efforts to do what is right
But the cross reminds us our righteousness is not enough
In order to come together Paul asks a basic question Vs 2 TNIV
I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the
Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?
Holy Spirit comes to us in faith unity is what Jesus has done for us
OT prophet Isaiah says when we continued to sin vs God’s ways
Our righteousness as filthy rags, we are given over to sin all in need
We struggle to live out what we cannot do ourselves
Sam was a young family man passionately in love with Jesus.
He was full of joy, funny a delight to be around. Loved to witness
His love for Jesus was infectious and many were drawn to Christ.
Desiring to walk closer to God Sam & his wife attended strict Bible
conference then stringently follow teachings. Sam’s spirit changed
In desperate attempt to walk closer to Christ he became judgmental
his joy turned into guilt. His once infectious attitude disappeared
friends began to draw away as none felt good enough anymore.
Linda never felt “good enough.” All her life told that she’d never
amount to anything. Never received encouragement from family.
In desperate attempt to feel loved, made a series of bad decisions
which only made the condemnations even worse.
Alone, aloof and in agony she has no where to turn but to God.
But she doesn’t cry out to God cause she isn’t “good enough.”
Abraham is seen by the Jews as father of their nation
He is the example they seek to follow Vs 7 TNIV
Paul says Those who have faith are children of Abraham
Abraham was not made right w\God because did everything right
No because he followed God in faith
So as we follow in faith and children of Abraham
So what difference does law make? Should we ignore it?
The law does two things:
IT TEACHES US RIGHT FROM WRONG
We need a defining morality to keep society from chaos
Can’t ignore law and all do what we want
I prefer left handed drive on left side natural
Law shows how far short we come in our sin
IT PREPARES US FOR A BETTER WAY
The law points us to our need for salvation
Have you ever broken the law? Broken God’s laws? Sure
should not make light of that law required more than we can do
Law shows us our need for salvation points us to Christ