Presentation on theme: "What Do I Believe About The Use of Freedom in Christ, Why, And So What? Galatians Chapter 5 Page 1815."— Presentation transcript:
What Do I Believe About The Use of Freedom in Christ, Why, And So What? Galatians Chapter 5 Page 1815
The Last Three Chapters: Last week that we have a responsibility to be Christ focused leaders and followers as we call people to follow us toward Jesus. This week we are challenged to use our freedom in Christ responsibly and The last sermon looks through chapter six and the call to be spiritually helpful to one another.
Todays Text: He reminds them of one more thing - if you add the law back into your faith you lose your freedom! When we do understand the freedom that we have been given by Christ our lives can have purpose, joy, and direction.
Freedom Quotes: A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes. Thomas Huxley. No man in this world attains to freedom from any slavery except by entrance into some higher servitude. There is no such thing as an entirely free man conceivable. Phillips Brooks ( ) Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong. John Diefenbaker.
In Your Life? How are you doing with the freedom that Christ has provided? Does your freedom lead you back toward Christ or towards selfishness? We are free to say no to God and His plan for our lives and we are free to say yes to God and His plan.
The Use of Freedom: The freedom into which believers are called is not a freedom that leads to license, as Paul's opponents charged, but rather a freedom that leads to mature responsibility and holiness before God through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. This theme dominates his last two chapters.
Galatians 5:1-4 Page 1815 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.
Galatians 5:5-6 Page But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
Galatians 5: 7-12 Page You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough." 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. 11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
Galatians 5: You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Galatians 5: So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
Galatians 5: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Fruit of the Spirit: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Out of Focus: Following the law, or any legalism, keeps our focus on the wrong things. We spend our time regulating, rationalizing, or defending our behaviour while we monitor, interpret, and police the motivations and actions of others.
True Freedom: But freedom in Christ gives us the opportunity to serve God out of love. Our lives become open to the process of sanctification and we invite others to join us and help us in the process of becoming the people that God intended.
The Sad part About Freedom I find it sad and heartbreaking when people come to Christ for salvation only and then return to their selfish life. Christ gives us the freedom to make our choices and he respects the choices that we make which is why it is good to have a supportive congregation.
This Week: The freedom that we have from Christ gives us energy and motivation to love Him deeply and to follow Him as our Lord and our friend. This week take time to thank God for the freedom in your relationship with Him and see if that time of thanks leads you to serve Him with more dedication.
Next Week: We go deeper with the connection that we have with one another because of Christ as we look at chapter six and the need to be spiritually helpful to one another.