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Week 3: Galatians 2:11-21

 

Life Group Questions

  • As a group, spend some time summarizing what we have learned so far in Galatians.
  • What has God taught you personally through the study in Galatians?
  • In what way has the community and accountability of our life group kept you from straying from God?
  • Read Galatians 2:15-16. What is Paul trying to drive home to his readers?
  • How did Pastor Luke’s diagram help you understand what justification and sanctification are? What did you learn and how are these truths game changers in understanding your walk with Christ?
  • Read Galatians 2:19-21. Are there ways in which, even if you’re not actively thinking of it, that you are trying to earn God’s grace in your life?
  • How do you see God’s heart and character in this passage in Galatians?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture

11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. 14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? 15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. 17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker. 19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 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.21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” – Galatians 2:11-21

 

STOP BASING YOUR IDENTITY ON YOU AND START BASING IT ON CHRIST IN YOU.

You see,

  • You may feel abandoned, but in Christ, you are loved by God.
  • You may feel condemned, but in Christ, you are spotless and above reproach.
  • You may feel down on your luck, but in Christ, you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, all the promises of God are yes in Christ Jesus, and all things work together for good.
  • You may feel neglected by others, but in Christ, you have been chosen by God. Not a hair… goodness and mercy… he knows the plans he has for you…
  • You may feel defeated by temptation, but in Christ, you have died to sins power, and Christ now lives through you.
  • You may feel dead and lifeless, but in Christ, you have resurrection life coursing through your veins.
  • You may feel like you aren’t making any difference in life, but in Christ, you are raised with Jesus and seated in the heavenly places, and he has blessed you to be a blessing.
  • You may feel broken, but in Christ, you have been made complete.
  • In Christ, you are a new creation.
  • In Christ, you are adopted into his family.
  • In Christ, you are a partaker of the divine nature.
  • In Christ, you are a beloved child of God.

That’s who you are. Quit acting like someone else.

CONCLUSION:

STOP BASING YOUR IDENTITY ON YOU AND START BASING IT ON CHRIST IN YOU.

TWO QUESTIONS:

  1. WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE OR THINGS THAT I BASE MY IDENTITY ON RATHER THAN CHRIST?
  2. IN WHAT WAYS AM I TEMPTED TO TRY TO EARN GOD’S FAVOR BADED ON MY GOOD ACTIONS RATHER THAN HIS FREE GIFT OF GRACE?

 

 

 

 

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