Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Church I Want To Belong To

The Church I Want To Belong To 

Galatians 6:1-16

Today we start a slow walk through a great chapter in Galatians.  Galatians is a book about grace (the power of God to do His will) and its meaning for the Christian.  There is a great difference in the God’s work of grace and man’s attempts to satisfy his wrath.  There is also a great difference in the way a grace church treats the fallen.

It is grace that separates Christianity from all other religions, which teach actions to gain favor with God.  

Grace accepts God’s gift of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus and responds in surrender.  Legalism puts me in charge through my religion.

The Church I Want to Belong To Is…

A Church That Seeks to Restore, not Condemn Galatians 6:1-2

WHO? The one is “caught” or overtaken by sin

Sin is actually most effective when it creeps its way into your life… almost unnoticed, even when you “think” you’re aware — and then grips you when you’re vulnerable.

A believer who is not walking in the Spirit is easy prey for the devil.

Sin is like cancer; it grows, consumes and destroys us, ending in death.

But the fear of shame keeps us from admitting we have the “cell” or sin.  

What we cannot confess we obsess. What we closet consumes us… it brings forth death

The church must determine whether it will reject or restore those who fall victim to their weaknesses.   

Viewing the life “caught” by sin as a victim instead of an enemy is the first step toward being a church focused on restoration

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