Free at Last - Part 6

Free at LastFREE AT LAST

A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6 – 6:14
From the ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART SIX: Tender Loving Care
Galatians 6:1-2

OVERVIEW

The letter to the Galatians was written to show how we are not only free from having to keep rules and regulations to be right with God, but we are also free to love others who either don’t know God and need to come to God, or they have come to God but have since fallen away.  How do we treat people who are broken down, burdened down, and breaking down?  How do we make sure as it has been famously said, “We don’t become a museum for saints; we become a hospital for those who are sinning and suffering.”  The scripture gives us three pieces of advice.

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Free at Last - Part 5

Free at LastFREE AT LAST

A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6 – 6:14
From the ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART FIVE: The Only Thing That Counts
Galatians 5:1-6

OVERVIEW

Whether we think it’s fair or not, there is an increasing antipathy, apathy, and antagonism toward the church and modern Christianity unlike anything we’ve ever seen in our nation’s history.  A big part of it is our fault, and it is exactly why a man named Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians, because the church that had been taught the liberty that comes from faith in Jesus was being tempted to replace it with legalism that comes from trying to keep the law.  The problem is still a major issue in the church today, because many Christians believe you have to add “do’s and don’ts” to following Jesus if you want to be a true Christian.  But that’s simply not the case.  When people walk into a true New Testament church, they ought to find two things: the God of grace and the grace of God.  As believers, we must be about the only thing that counts so that unbelievers will see that we understand the only thing that counts.

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Free at Last - Part 4

Free at LastFREE AT LAST

A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6 – 6:14
From the Ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART FOUR: Losing Your Religion
Galatians 3:10-14, 21-22

OVERVIEW

Every religion is basically trying to answer the same two questions: 1) How do you relate to God?, and 2) How can you have a relationship with God?  Not only do all religions ask the same two questions, but they all basically give the same answer - how you live before you die determines where you go after you die.  Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians to show all religious people that if you want to be rightly related to God, you have to lose your religion.  Surprisingly enough, focusing too much on being religious and trying to follow all of the rules and laws can actually keep you from ever finding God.  Jesus did not come to introduce us to a new religion.  He came to deliver us from religion so we could enter into a relationship with God.

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Free at Last - Part 3

Free at LastFREE AT LAST

A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6 - 6:14
From the ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART THREE: Start Strong, Finish Well
Galatians 3:1-6

OVERVIEW

The church was meant to be centered around the message that focused on three words: God, grace, and Gospel.  The Gospel says everyone can have a relationship with God and be accepted by God because of His grace.  Grace was provided by the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.  However, there were religious leaders in the early church who came in and wanted to add to the list rules, regulations, and restrictions.  To this day, there is a battle going on between the relationship crowd and the religion crowd.  In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he shares the revolutionary message that God wants to accept everyone into His family by grace, and the only ticket needed is faith.  Because of God, and the grace of God, and the Gospel of God, we are free from the shackles of legalism.  We do not have to be good enough for God, because we can never be good enough for God.  Jesus was enough for all of us.  Once we accept Jesus and His free gift of grace, through faith in Him, God completely and totally accepts us.

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Free at Last - Part 2

Free at LastFREE AT LAST

A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6—6:14
From the ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART TWO: The Only Way To Live
Galatians 2:20

OVERVIEW

There is a phenomenal quote from the movie “Braveheart” that says, “Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.”  There is so much truth in this statement, because the vast majority of people who live on this earth will live and die in slavery and bondage - in bondage to lust, pornography, jealousy, anger, bitterness, pride, or arrogance.  In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he talks about how to be free - free from sin, free from self, and free from shame.  He explains that this kind of freedom can only be found in Christ, saying, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me,” Galatians 2:20.

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Free at Last

Free at LastFREE AT LAST

A Bible Study of Galatians 1:6 – 6:14
From the ministry of “Touching Lives”

SERIES OVERVIEW

In this series, we are going to take a deep dive into the book of Galatians, a letter written by Paul to the Christians in Galatia.  More than any other person, Paul shifted the focus of Christianity from the proclamation of Jesus to the proclamation about Jesus.  Paul singlehandedly transformed Christianity from an exclusively Jewish faith to a faith that included both Jews and Gentiles.  He made Christianity open to everyone, everywhere, at every time.

As we begin to study the book of Galatians, we will see that the theme of this book is “Free at Last!”  Paul began his ministry to churches emphasizing the freedom Jesus Christ brings from sin, from the fear of death, and from trying to be good enough for God.  No other book in the Bible explains why Christianity is completely, uniquely, and absolutely different from every other religious faith.  Jesus offers freedom that no one else can, and that’s the freedom Paul explains in Galatians.

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The Mission - Session 6

the missionDISCIPLES’ PATH
THE MISSION - SESSION 6.
"WE GO TOGETHER WITH CHRIST"

In the last session, we took a deeper look at our mission to make disciples as individual followers of Jesus.  We saw that making disciples is a command, not a suggestion.  And we learned that the process of disciple-making involves going out into the world, baptizing those who encounter Christ, and teaching them how to practice the fundamental truths of God’s Word.

In this session, we’ll explore what it means to make disciples, not only as individuals but also as a corporate body of Christ.  As we begin the session, take a moment to thank God for making you part of a community within the body of Christ.  Ask the Father to help you maintain a connection with Jesus as the Head of that body.  Affirm with God your own desire to join with the full body of Christ in order to engage His mission of making disciples, particularly in these days of self-isolation and social distancing.  Amen.

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