Hi, the pastor today preached on Galatians 5:1 to the end of the chapter and that says, ”
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. You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view than mine, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
Well in the beginning he talked about how our actions are not good enough before God. We can’t please God with our actions. He said that we need Jesus‘ blood to atone for our sins. Jesus’ blood is the atonement for our sins.
And then he “asked” what made church-goers different from non church-goers. He said the answer was that Jesus Christ called us (christians) out of one thing and into another. He gave an example of if there was a fire in the back of the church, we wouldn’t be able to see it because we were in the back but he would and if he said “follow me” we would be going from one place to another. Christ called us out of work for freedom into freedom in Christ being the one to give us freedom.
And he talked about the flesh: how we shouldn’t gratify it. He used music, people like certain kinds of music but if it isn’t worshiping God it’s gratifying the flesh. It doesn’t matter what kind of music we are listening to, as long as it brings glory to God. He said he totally despised rap music, but that there were some people who did rap music that really have good words, words that glorify God. So we shouldn’t alow worship to feed our flesh.
The gospel is all that matters and I’m glad we have a pastor that preaches the gospel!
Anyway he also said that we could do good works to get people to think that you’re a “good person”, or because you want to make yourself think your good. You could also do it because you think “it’s your duty as a pastor” or as anything.
That’s a summary of it, I hope you enjoyed the summary as much as I enjoyed the sermon.
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.