Summary: The local congregation is a tangible expression of the household of faith. In the household of faith we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, and we have mutual responsibilities to relate to one another as children of God. The all-inclusive law that mus
Date Written: January 9, 2001
Date Preached: January 10, 2001
Church: BBC (PM) Wed Night
Series: Great Imperatives for the Christian Walk
Title: The Imperative of Restoration
Text: Gal 6:1-10
The ‘church’ is often referred to as the household of God. We are often called a family.
The local congregation is a tangible expression of the household of faith. In the household of faith we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, and we have mutual responsibilities to relate to one another as children of God. The all-inclusive law that must prevail in this household of faith is the law of LOVE!
As members of the household of faith, we are also servants of Jesus Christ! We have been given the mission of evangelizing the world.
One of the greatest challenges and handicaps we face in leading the world to Christ is found in the failure of those who profess to be Christians.
So looking at this passage tonight, what is our responsibility to those who are professing Christians who have fallen into sin and are failing to be a good witness for Christ?
When we find ourselves dealing with Christians who have ‘fallen’ – is it proper to feel superior? Is it proper for us to look down on them as failures, thus lifting ourselves up as successes?
As we deal with our fallen brothers and sisters in Christ should we criticize, point out flaws and faults and chastise them?
Here the Apostle Paul shows us a very inspired view of the truth of how Christians are to react in this particular situation.
The Apostle Paul lays out the great imperative for the Christian in dealing with other ‘fallen’ Christians. He suggests that if we are TRUE followers of Jesus, if we are truly spiritual, that WE have a major responsibility toward those who have fallen into sin.
In our text tonight we see that he addresses the Christians at the church in Galatia as Brethren. As brothers and sisters in the family of God we are called to love one another and be helpful to one another.
Paul calls the brethren, “you who are spiritual” meaning those who are:
Indwelt by the HS (Gal 4:6)
Led by the HS (Gal 5:18)
Experienced the fruit of the HS (Gal 5:22-23)
Living and Walking in the HS (5:25)
Every Christian needs to face up to the challenge of caring for fallen brothers or sisters.
In tonight’s passage I can see 2 observations that will help us as we look at this great imperative that Paul is showing us! The imperative of restoration…
All of us stand in need of the ministry of restoration:
We must be understanding with ourselves and others as Christ was. We need to recognize that at one time or another each of us will desire and need the ministry of spiritual restoration. Why? I can see many reasons for this:
First we continue to live in and be a part of an unchanged human nature: What is that human nature (read Gal 5:16-21) The new birth we have in Christ is a great miracle and it does miraculously change our lives, but it does not do away with or immobilize our fallen human nature! We continue to live in a very sinful and corrupt environment and it is so easy to live for the flesh and ignore the spirit.