Summary: We are to be confident in God’s call.
WHERE YOUR CREDENTIALS COME FROM
S: God’s Call
Th: Grace-Full Living
Pr: WE ARE TO BE CONFIDENT OF GOD’S CALL.
The _____ grace that reveals how we are to be confident of God’s call in our lives is we (were)…
I. RECEIVED THE WORD (11-12)
II. REPENTED OF OUR PAST (13-14)
III. RECOGNIZED GOD’S WORK (15-17)
IV. REGARDED A BROTHER (18-24)
sort of inductive…
RMBC 5/7/00 AM
Have you ever felt unqualified for something?
ILL Personal (art project)
When I look at my own life, the list of the things that I am not qualified for seems to get longer and longer. One area that I am particularly not gifted in is art. I remember when I was in the 8th grade, we were making a project out of clay. As my class members were making cups and statues, and all kinds of useful and decorative things, my piece of clay never seemed to get rid of that “lump” kind of look. As the week went on, and several art classes later, my predicament was getting more serious. It was time to hand in my project. So I had an inspiration! Well, not really—it was more an act of desperation. I did what others with no artistic talent have done. I tried modern art. So I squeezed there, and thumped it there, made a curve here, flattened there…and “voila”! A masterpiece! But what was it? I think I called it “Ash Tray Out of Synch” or something like that. But it got me a “B” and I was more than satisfied with that. But let me tell you, when it comes to art, I am not qualified. It is not even close.
We continue our theme of “Grace-Full Living” with our second study of the letter to the church in the area of Galatia.
1. Last week, we studied, “Don’t Mess with the Message.”
If you were here last Sunday, you know that tolerant is not a word that we used when it comes to the gospel message.
For the thrust of our message was that anyone who adds to or subtracts from the Gospel message is playing with eternal fire.
There is no patience for those that change it, for when you do, you make it something that it is not.
You change it from “good news” to “bad news.”
Last week, we noted that Paul is answering the objections of a group of people we are calling “Judaizers.”
Since the Judaizers were basically emphasizing circumcision and the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament, they were probably Jewish Christians (in a very loose sense) who had come from Jerusalem and claimed to have James, Peter and John as their authority.
According to them, Paul was just a “Johnny-come-lately” to the apostolic band.
Well, just as last week we said, “Don’t Mess with the Message…”
2. This week, we could say, “Don’t Mess with the Messenger.”
Now, the Judaizers realized that they could not attack the gospel Paul preached without attacking him.
So they assaulted his character and they challenged his credentials.
Simply, he was not qualified.
They communicated that he was not a legitimate apostle and spokesman for God.