Revealed Religion (2 of 17) by Jerry Vines

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Revealed Religion (2 of 17)
Series: Born Again Free
Jerry Vines
Galatians 1:11-24

I'm calling these studies in Galatians, Born Again Free. That's what Galatians is all about. It's about the freedom we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The first two chapters are very personal in nature. Paul is sharing from his own experience of grace with God. Then we will move into chapters 3 and 4. These are doctrinal in nature. He gives an exposition of Scripture showing our freedom in Christ. Then the last two chapters are practical in nature. He gives an exhortation applying the truths of our freedom and liberty in Jesus.

Paul is defending his ministry in these verses. He is also defending his message. He had been under attack. People were saying, "Paul is not genuine. He is not real. He is not a certified apostle; therefore you can't put any confidence in his message." So he is defending himself and his message.

This is another one of those passages where Paul shares his personal testimony. Paul had had a very real experience with the Lord Jesus and he liked to tell people about it. If you have been saved, if you know the Lord as your Savior, then you have a testimony. You have a story that you can tell. It is unique to you. It is not like anybody else's testimony. It is a special story which you can tell. My salvation story is not a spectacular story. I was saved as a nine-year-old boy. In the early years of my ministry, when I began to preach, I heard people give their testimonies and they were sensational, to say the least. They would tell about years of drunkenness and God saved them. They would tell about being hooked on drugs and God saved them. They would tell about being an Atheist and God saved them. There I was saved as a nine-year-old boy. I felt a little bit intimidated. But as I saw the Scriptures and as I grew in the Lord, I came to understand that any salvation testimony, any salvation experience, is a miraculous experience. It took just as much ...

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