Summary: When is it time to defend truth and do the hard task of confronting another person about their error? We must make sure in these difficult situations that we continue to act like Christians – in other words act like Christ.
Galatians part 2 – “In defense of the Truth!”
Thesis: When is it time to defend truth and do the hard task of confronting another person about their error? We must make sure in these difficult situations that we continue to act like Christians – in other words act like Christ.
Video Illustration from Matthew 16:21-23:
In this text and visual illustration we discover that Jesus himself had to at different times confront others to correct their misguided thoughts and actions.
A pompous-looking deacon was trying to impress upon a class of boys the importance of living the Christian life. "Why do people call me a Christian?" the man asked. After a moment’s pause, one youngster said, "Maybe it’s because they don’t know you."
Contributed to sermon central by: John Beehler
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Christianity must mean everything to us before it can mean anything to others.
SOURCE: Donald Soper
Contributed by: Sermon Central PRO
1. God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but will ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.
2. God won’t ask the square footage of your house, but will ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
3. God won’t ask about the fancy clothes you had in your closet, but will ask how many of those clothes helped the needy.
4. God won’t ask about your social status, but will ask what kind of class you displayed.
5. God won’t ask how many material possessions you had, but will ask if they dictated your life.
6. God won’t ask what your highest salary was, but will ask if you compromised your character to obtain that salary.
7. God won’t ask how much overtime you worked, but will ask if you worked overtime for your family and loved ones.
8. God won’t ask how many promotions you received, but will ask how you promoted others.
9. God won’t ask what your job title was, but will ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
10. God won’t ask what you did to help yourself, but will ask what you did to help others.
11. God won’t ask how many friends you had, but will ask how many people to whom you were a true friend.
12. God won’t ask what you did to protect your rights, but will ask what you did to protect the rights of others.
13. God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, but will ask how you treated your neighbors.
14. God won’t ask about the color of your skin, but will ask about the content of your character.
15. God won’t ask how many times your deeds matched your words, but will ask how many times they didn’t.
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Contributed to sermon central by: Tim Gibson
Galatians was written by Paul as a letter or rebuke and a letter to defend the faith against the false teachings of the Judaizers. These individuals taught that you could not become a Christian unless you first became a Jew by being circumcised. Paul was upset and even astonished at how quickly the Gentile Christian in Galatia had accepted and believed this distorted teaching. He paints a clear picture in Chapter one that we are to not let ourselves become deceived about the truth of Jesus message and the Gospel of Good news. He rebukes the area Christians and the Judaizers and warns them both to not believe any message that is contrary to the message of the cross and grace. He even tells them he does not care if the message comes from and angel of light if it’s wrong and contrary to the Word reject it and rebuke it.
Let’s review from last week the key lessons from Galatians Chapter 1:
1. Do not allow the Evil one to deceive you into believing another gospel of deception.
a. Resist him by renewing your mind and running the race with feverous determination.
i. You decide to finish strong and stay on course.
b. You do this by growing in your faith.
i. You make sure you have devotions with the Lord.
ii. You pray and read your Bible and stay plugged into the church God has called you to.
2. You review the testimonies in the Bible and listen to others stories of conversion and see the transformational power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
a. Share you testimony to others and watch it change their lives and open up their eyes so that they san see the truth.
3. Remember never become a people pleaser because when you do you no longer are a servant of Jesus Christ.
a. Please God and follow His direction for you life and really learn what it means to live.