There’s Grace for YOU! (Galatians 1:11-24)

There’s Grace for YOU! (Galatians 1:11-24)

Good News vs Bad News: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 

  • World – bad news & false gospels
  • Word – good news & real gospel

1). You have a problem (vs secular there’s no sin)

2). You are the problem (vs blaming everyone/everything else)

3). There is a solution (vs hopeless despair)

4). You are not the solution (vs self-help)

5). Jesus is the solution to your problem

You can be – forgiven, loved, made new, adopted, empowered= eternal life

God Creates – Satan Counterfeits

 

Revelation vs Speculation

Galatians 1:11-12 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

Revelation vs Speculation

From God                    From man

Based on Truth           Based on tradition

God’s Word to Man     Man’s words about God

Unchanging                 Always changing

= homeless church, “do you believe in Paul”?

 

Redemption vs Religion

Galatians 1:13-16a For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.

But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me,

  • God chooses you, then you choose God – “set apart before I was born” “called me”

 

Redemption vs Religion

Jesus Christ                Me

Jesus resume             My resume

Humility                       Pride

Makes you new           Makes you worse

 

Acts 9:1-19

  • Paul was a threat to the church  – killed @ least 1 XN Stephen, arrest men & women
  • Light from heaven  – God’s spotlight

9:4-6 “falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”

  • 3 days – no food or drink = blind
  • Vision to Ananias & Saul – visitor coming from the Lord

=  Laid hands on Saul, prayed, received HS, physically & spiritually healed

 

A Calling vs A Job 

Galatians 1:16b in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother. (In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!) Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia.

  • Jesus was called to be carpenter & called to be a minister
  • Paul was called to be a tent maker & a minister

 

A Calling vs A Job 

What you were made to do                            What you have to do

God calls, man confirms                                 Man calls, man confirms

What you get to do                                         What you have to do

Life-giving                                                       Life-draining

  • Grace – 1.Jesus works for you on cross, 2.in you by the Spirit, 3.through you by grace
  • Means of grace for you & others (generosity, love, forgiveness, service, counsel, presence)

= Coffee drive through pay it forward

 

God’s Grace Creates Your Testimony

Galatians 1:22-24 And I was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they glorified God because of me.

  • Paul had a biography, then got a testimony.
  • Who needs to hear your testimony this week?
  • Our testimony in az
  1. Mexican restaurant FLA, flight, meet family, meet pastors
  2. VRBO  – cedar tree  – got  a home 
  3. School – 4 kids in 24hrs 
  4. Kids wanted  plant  church 
  5. Jimmy’s prophecy 
  6. 50th anniversary got keys 
  7. $ around valley  & world 
  8. Purchased, renovated, launched
  9. Dr. last week  = healthiest

Future w/o grace = fear

Future w/grace = faith to endure the pain


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Pastor Mark Driscoll is a Jesus-following, mission-leading, church-serving, people-loving, Bible-preaching pastor. He’s grateful to be a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody. Read More