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The Ministry of Restoration (13 of 15)
Series: The Lord of Liberty
Ernest L. Easley
For several weeks we have been learning from the book of Galatians about The Lord of Liberty! Paul says in 2.16, ''knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.''
''Free from the law, O happy condition; Jesus has bled, and there is remission; Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall, Grace has redeemed us, Once for all.''
And that is what this letter to the church at Galatia is all about: free from bondage and full of grace! Well tonight, we come to the last chapter of Galatians. Now, it is the last chapter, but this is not the last message! The first four chapters are more doctrinal whereas the last two chapters are more practical.
So now look with me to chapter 6. We find here a message to every minister of the church. In fact, before we read from Galatians 6, let's identify all the ministers we have here tonight. Would all the ministers here tonight please raise your hand!
You see, Every member is a minister! I heard about one pastor who was confronted by a church member one day and said, ''Pastor, we pay you to minister! We pay you to visit! We pay you to make hospital visits! In fact, we pay you to be good!''
Well, what he was saying was that he didn't want to do those things. He was just lazy! The pastor looked at him and said, ''You know what Brother, you're right. You pay me to be good. You on the other hand are good for nothing.''
Don't be that kind of minister! We're in this thing together and that is what Paul is talking about beginning in chapter 6.
So we're thinking tonight about The Ministry of Restoration. It is a ministry God has called you to, and you to, and you to, and you to! Well, let's see what's invo ...
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