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Summary: In every church, you will find the good, the bad and the ugly: Meaningful Mentors (good), False Followers (bad), and Hurtful Hypocrites (ugly). Which one are you?

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GREAT GRACE AND FREEDOM #4: MEANINGFUL MENTORS,

FALSE FOLLOWERS AND HURTFUL HYPOCRITES

INTRO TO TOPIC: The Book of Galatians was written by the Apostle Paul to the churches in the Roman Province of Galatia. His purpose in writing was to confront legalism in the church, and to teach the Good News about God’s grace and freedom in Christ.

• In Chapter One, Paul introduced us to himself, telling us his testimony, also in Acts.

THE BIG IDEA: In every church, you will find the good, the bad and the ugly: Meaningful Mentors (good), False Followers (bad), and Hurtful Hypocrites (ugly). Which one are you?

1. MEANINGFUL MENTORS:

“1 Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. 2 I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I talked privately with the leaders of the church. I wanted them to understand what I had been preaching to the Gentiles. I wanted to make sure they did not disagree, or my ministry would have been useless. 3 And they did agree. They did not even demand that my companion Titus be circumcised, though he was a Gentile.” (Gal. 2:1-3 NLT).

• Paul tells us how he went to Jerusalem to share his teaching with the Apostles.

• Here we are introduced to two of Paul’s partners in ministry: Barnabas and Titus.

• We first meet Barnabas in Acts 4:34-37: “For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means "Son of Encouragement").” (v. 36, NLT).

• Barnabas was the first person to accept Paul and mentor him: “When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They thought he was only pretending to be a believer! Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus. Barnabas also told them what the Lord had said to Saul and how he boldly preached in the name of Jesus in Damascus” (Acts 9:26-27, NLT).

• Everywhere you see Barnabas in Acts, you see him encouraging and mentoring people.

• We need people like this in the church who will pour into other people’s lives!

• We need to love and accept one another, and help each other to grow in the Lord.

• Titus was a Gentile believer who Paul led to the Lord (Titus 1:4).

• Barnabas poured his life into Paul, and Paul poured his life into Titus and many others.

• PERSONAL TESTIMONY: Of those who have mentored me: Jerrold Lewis, Dave Koop, Dan Hope, Steve Witmer (my old pastor who’s coming for a visit next week).

• If you’re a mature believer, who are you mentoring? And if you’re a new believer, who will you let mentor you? Discuss home groups, youth group, Overcomers 12-step, etc.

2. FALSE FOLLOWERS:

“4 Even that question wouldn't have come up except for some so-called Christians there -- false ones, really -- who came to spy on us and see our freedom in Christ Jesus. They wanted to force us, like slaves, to follow their Jewish regulations. 5 But we refused to listen to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the Good News for you. (Gal. 2:4-5, NLT).


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