Gal 6:1-10 Love Your Brothers: The Law of Christ
Love Your Brothers: The Law of Christ
We reap what we sow - giving money
What your treasure is, your heart is
We are prone to be deceived in this
We reap what we sow - that is a general term that we see all the time - if we eat too much, 2 Cor 8-9 about reaping and sowing in a financial context
Does that mean if you give $, you will get $?
No, the answer is found in vs. 8
If you sow to the flesh, you will reap corruption
Does that mean if we sow to the spirit, we can earn our salvation? Absolutely not
Righteousness only comes through trusting in Christ's righteousness
Paul is talking about a life dominated by selfish pursuits
Provide for those who teach the Bible - Why?
We spend money on what we value, don't we?
Why so many passages on paying teachers? The public ministry of the church - to be faithful to God's Word
They teach and equip the saints to do the work of ministry
To those who need help - we may need to be open to changing our lifestyle
Open to others to asking if we are spending our money wisely
We have to be aware of an attitude of expecting others to help us
Our hearts are to be open to giving and helping and supporting others - in more ways than financial, but financial - He knows what we value/worship
we reap what we sow
Bear one another's burdens
What should we do if someone is caught in sin?
Talk to others?
Tell your pastor?
Bring it up in a prayer meeting?
Our motive is love - "restoring" a broken bone
We correct other people because we love them
The inverse is also true - we should be open to criticize
Spiritual - Paul mean's all Christians
With the log removed from our eye, we correct others
(the log is that we're "better", that we're good people & they are bad people
Why? Because we too may be tempted - liable to every sin. Church disciple - what a good reminder that you or I might be up there
Bold enough to confront one another
Gentle enough to confront one another in love
Relationships stay superficial if people don't tell the truth to one another
Not just accepting, but confronting
Caring enough to listen to another's concerns
Visiting the sick
Showing practical concrete love to one another
Take time to remember
Take time to show love to one another
Law of Christ: Law of Love
We're no longer under the law of Moses
Jesus is the ultimate interpreter and fufiller of the OT Laws
It's so much wider than the 10 Commandments
B/C if you think you're something, you're nothing
Why would bearing the burdens of others lead to pride?
Pride makes us think that we're something, when we're really nothing
When we think we're strong, we become disconnected with reality
Humility is good for us - it keeps us at the foot of the cross
God will reward us on the last day
Test your own spiritual life before God
Temptation - things aren't going well - so we blame the church - then we can call ourselves a victim
1-10 - A Christian Life of Concrete Love