AfterThoughts: October 27, 2019
October 27, 2019
SERMON SERIES: Galatians
SERMON TITLE: “True Freedom”
This week, Pastor David continued the "Galatians” sermon series.
- Pastor David said that salvation is a product of what was done for us not what we have done (from the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished.”). When are you tempted to think that you can add to your salvation with your works?
- When have you found yourself going back to the yoke of slavery? How have you overcome that obstacle to freedom?
- Our freedom is for a purpose – to love others – our family members, neighbors, and co-workers – because Jesus loved us first. What is one thing you will do this week because Christ has freed you to love and serve sacrificially?
To watch this week's sermon, visit dawsonchurch.org/Galatians.
Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise. Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is Mount Sinai in Arabia, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. - Galatians 4:21-26
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. - Galatians 5:1-6
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. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." –Galatians 5:13-14
"Duty, however, can be grim and stoic. But there is more: I love Muriel. She is a delight to me - her childlike dependence and confidence in me, her warm love, occasional flashes of that wit I used to relish so, her happy spirit and tough resilience in the face of her continual distressing frustration. I don't have to care for her. I get to! It is a high honor to care for so wonderful a person" (quoted in Disciplines of A Godly Man, by R. Kent Hughes, p.34).