Summary: Nominal 25 minute sermon on Galatians chapter one. Includes some background, additional references, advice on the preaching of the sermon and a little Greek. Hope you find it a blessing. Bruce
Sometimes, us Christians can be so silly. pause
Sometimes us Christians are so selective. pause
Sometimes us Christians can be so blind. long pause
We just don’t want to know some things,
Regardless of just how clear the Bible is! pause & explain
Not talking about people who’ve been Christians five minutes!
I am talking about people who have been Christians five years! pause
Talking about people who have been Christians for fifty years! explain
Sometimes we just don’t want to know! pause & explain
Sometimes we just do not want to see. say it slowly & clearly (But we are going to do it!)
There’s things in the Bible Christians just do not want to know about. pause & explain
The Christians in James four, 45 AD, who were murdering each other. James 4:2
The guy in First Corinthians who was having sex with his stepmother. 1 Corinthians 5:1
The church being infiltrated by fifth columnists, that’s in Jude 8 to 16.
And, very long pause
The people who go and toss in the towel after they become Christians. Galatians 1:6
As Paul and Barnabas arrive back home in Syrian Antioch, First Missionary Journey 47-48
Just a matter of maybe a few months after being in Galatia,
Paul hears things are bad in Galatia so, he writes Galatians. late 48 AD, South/Early Dating
After a brief greeting, “Hi to you Galatians, its Paul”,
And a short introduction, “Grace to you and peace”,
Paul launches, I am astonished, I marvel, I wonder, Ta?µ??? present active indicative
That you are so quickly deserting him who called you,
In the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel! explain
Paul’s flabbergasted, shocked, cannot believe his ears.
Paul is in a continual state of amazement at this news! pause, shake my head
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him!
Galatians 1:6 to 9
Paul is just like us, he knows salvation is a free gift,
Just like us he knows that forgiveness is not earned.
Paul’s just like us, he knows Jesus died for our sins,
And, just like us he knows the Parable of the Sower. pause & wonder
But how can this be for they looked to be so genuine? pause, then continue so hurt
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him! shake my head
Christians, when we see something that shocks us,
First we go and ask ourselves, “How can this be?”
“Why is it that this particular thing’s happened?” pause
Then, we immediately go straight to our Bibles. hold up my Bible
So quickly deserting him.
Why are they deserting Jesus?
Answer number one.
It is the real before your eyes, gesture to my eyes, pause & explain
Parable of the Sower!
Less than twenty years before Jesus told the Parable of the Sower.
Luke 8:5 to 8(a)
Immediately after Jesus told that parable His disciples asked Him,
Saying, “Jesus, explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” Matthew 13:36
Jesus explains, “The ones along the path are those who have heard; explain
Then the devil comes by and takes away the word from their hearts, gesture pluck
That they may not believe and be saved. Luke 8:12, explain
And that’s exactly what happened in the church in Galatia in 48AD.
The devil came along, and he took away the word from their hearts!
The devil had his own agents.
They are called false teachers.
They were working in Galatia. pause & explain
That’s exactly all that they do.
Lie, as they talk about people,
Lie when they tell about God.
People! Salvation is not a free gift. liars, sound like a real insincere
God’s not loving and kind hearted.
You need more than simply Jesus.
God needs to be bribed, bought off.
God’s kindness must be purchased. have Tetzel in the back of my mind
Now listen up everybody I’ve got the answer! point to myself, still insincere, still liars
I can tell you exactly how to get God on side. pause then go on with the big announcement
You have to go get circumcised! all of Galatians!
You must observe special days! cf Galatians 4:10
You first have to become a Jew, cf Galatians 5:2
Before you can be a Christian!! pause & warn, still insincere
Go and rely on works of the law. cf Galatians 3:10
Don’t listen to that rat bag Paul. shake my head in sadness
These anti-Gospel people sound so sincere. cf Tetzel the ‘Grand Commissioner’
These anti- Jesus-ers sound so very sincere. pause
Listen to us we are soo very knowledgeable. so insincere
Listen to us ‘cause we are so super spiritual. shake my head in sadness
And some people listened! explain
The naïve and the gullible.
The spiritually non serious.