Summary: This sermon deals with what can happen when we see a Christian brother or sister slipping away and we choose to do nothing!

"Should I Get Involved"

Galatians 5: 24- 6:10; Genesis 4:9

Galatians 5:

[24]And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

[25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

[26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 6:

[1]Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

[2] Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

[3] For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

[4] But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

[5] For every man shall bear his own burden.

[6] Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

[7] Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

[8] For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

[9] And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

[10] As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Genesis 4:9

[9]And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

God had accepted Abel’s offering,

but He rejected Cain’s offering.

So what did Cain do?

He murdered his brother, Abel.

When God asked Cain where his brother was

Cain said: "Am I my brother’s keeper?"

That is a question we will deal with today.

Are we our brother’s keeper?

Do we have a responsibility to watch out for

and to care for one another?

Marvin is my brother.

Does God expect me to be his keeper?

Well..when we turn to the New Testament,

it becomes crystal clear that I am his brother.

In fact, there are many Bible passages

which emphasize...


Let me tell you the story of George Best.

George Best was the greatest football player in Europe.

There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do.

He was quick.

He was a deadly goal scorer."

In short, he was the perfect football player.

George Best was born May 22, 1946

in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

He grew up in a working class area near the Belfast shipyard.

Little Georgie Best was football mad!

Every waking hour was spent playing or fantasizing about FOOTBALL!

As a young boy

George played in an organized Boy’s Club football league.

In one match in 1961, when George was only 15...

his team played a team filled with 18 year old boys.

George Best scored 2 goals and his team won 4-2.

A scout for the Manchester United team was watching.

He sent a telegram to the team manager right after the game,

declaring he thought he had found him a superstar!

So..George was invited to play for Manchester United as an apprentice.

George Best was going to play football...

and he was just 15 years old.



Galatians 5:

[24]And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

[25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

[26] Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another

New Christians are changed people.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Ephesians 4:23-24

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; [24] And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Galatians 5:25 says New Christians should “live” in the Spirit.

That causes them to “walk” in the Spirit.

And what are the results?

Galatians 5: 22-23 tell us:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance....

Isn’t it a joy to watch new Christians who live in the Spirit?

Just like the British football fans who cheered on George Best...

we stand by cheering on our new Christian saints.

Like George Best...they are loaded with potential.

They can contribute so much to making our church...

a winning team for the Glory of Jesus.

And those of us who have been on the team for awhile...

we have an obligation to these new “Saints.”

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