Christian Freedom Is No Excuse To Sin

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13)

This is a good word, because from time to time you hear “Christian” people talk about how they are “free in Christ” to do this or that worldly thing that they “feel led” to do. But God has a stern warning here against those who try to play that game: Continue reading

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“Blessed Assurance”? (Matthew 7:21-23 sermon)

Do you think that you are going to heaven? If you do, you’re in good company. An ABC news poll indicated that 89% of Americans believed in heaven, and 85% of them think that THEY are going there. And it said these numbers have been pretty consistent throughout recent history. Most people in America today think they are going to heaven. But Jesus’ words in our passage today should be a wakeup call for many of us:

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord,’ did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you, Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’”

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The Stumbling Block of the Cross

“But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished.” (Galatians 5:11)

Paul makes it clear in this verse, that it is the cross of Jesus which is the central issue in our faith. People are to believe or not, stumble or not, on the basis of ONE thing: the cross of Christ.  Continue reading

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“Fallen From Grace”?

“You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” (Galatians 5:4)
For many years Galatians 5:4 has been quoted as a “proof text” by those who believe that a Christian can lose their salvation. But this verse makes SO much more sense when you see it in the context of this section, and the whole message of Galatians. Continue reading

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When It’s Time To “Change Your Tone”

“But I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.” (Galatians 4:20)

Everyone in a position of authority or leadership has experienced times when they had to “change their tone” like Paul indicates here. Continue reading

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A Picture of Discipleship

“My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you.” (Galatians 4:19)

Here in his impassioned message to the church he had planted at Galatia, Paul shows us some important things about the nature of Christian disciple-making: Continue reading

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Serving God In Your Bodily Illness

“But you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time …”. (Galatians 4:13)

So the Apostle Paul had a “bodily illness” which was hindering him as he sought to serve the Lord. But as we see in Galatians 4, he didn’t let that stop him from serving. Continue reading

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