Summary: Sermon focused on the truth that salvation is based on God’s Grace and not man’s works.
Series: Lies Satan Tells
GOD’S LOVE FOR ME IS BASED ON MY PERFORMANCE
Paul was a young family man passionately in love with Jesus Christ. He was full of joy, funny and a delight to be around. He loved to go soul-winning and a wonderful servant of the Lord. His love for Jesus was infectious and many were drawn to Christ. In a desire to walk closer to Christ, Paul and his wife attended a Bible Life conference and began to stringently follow the teachings. But soon Paul’s spirit began to change. In his desperate attempt to walk closer to Christ he became judgmental in his spirit and his joy turned into guilt. His once infectious attitude disappeared and friends began to draw away as none felt good enough anymore.
Linda never felt “good enough.” All of her life she has been told that she would never amount to anything and never hearing a word of encouragement from family. In a desperate attempt to feel loved, she 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 even cry out to Jesus because she doesn’t feel “good enough.”
The Performance Lie is as old as religion. Actually, religion is solidly grounded in the lie that man has to perform to gain God’s approval.
I. THE FOOLISHNESS OF THE PERFORMANCE LIE
“Foolish” (Gk)anoeetos : no understanding
“have you lost your minds/understanding”
“bewitched” (Gk)baskaino: to perform black magic, put under a spell; to deceive with devious and crafty means
A. Four Rhetorical Questions to prove their foolishness from Galations 3:2-5
1- Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?
2- Are ye so foolish having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Implying: You did not get Saved by works and you do not stay saved through the works of the flesh.
3- Have ye suffered so many things in vain? If it be yet in vain (sarcasm).
4- He(Jesus) therefore that ministered to you in the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?
Changing the Rules in the Middle of the Game
Paul was wanting his readers to understand that it is foolishness to change the rules in the middle of the game.
Trade God’s Grace for Man’s Efforts
Paul was also wanting his readers to understand the foolishness of trading God’s grace for man’s efforts.
B. One Biblical Example to prove their foolishness (Gal 3:6-9)
II. DESTRUCTIVENESS OF THE PERFORMANCE LIE (Gal 3:10)
- leads us to disobedience to the truth: v1 “that ye should not obey the truth”
A. Erodes my Belief in the Power of the Atonement / Work of Christ
It is to say, "I no longer believe that the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to forgive me of all my sing and keep me through all of my sin
Therefore, I believe Christ died in vain."
(Gal 2:21) I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
B. Damages my Relationship with Jesus Christ
It is to say, "no longer do I view Christ as my Savior, but now as my taskmaster."