Starting Over: A Message of Hope for Broken People (13 of 13) by Rick White

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Starting Over: A Message of Hope for Broken People (13 of 13)
Series: Bondage Breaker
Rick White
Galatians 6:1-5

Gal. 6:1 Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; {each one} looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have {reason for} boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.

Introduction: In graduation ceremonies this past spring at Southwestern Seminary, 425 graduates heard a Christian statesman say; "The greatest enemy of the church very well could come from inside the church and not outside. Internally, the way we treat one another so weakens our effectiveness as Christians that we are our own worst enemy."

One of the great commands of the NT is to be filled with the Spirit. This simple yet powerful command represents a transfer of the control of our lives from ourselves to the living Lord. Yet is does not end in a private mystical experience, but rather affects our practical relationships with others.

1. Believers are going to fail.
2. God still loves us and wants us to be restored.

The term confrontation is unfortunately associated with harshness, but it should not be. A closer look at the scriptures will help us better understand this needed ministry.
A. Who Does It? You who are spiritual.
Those who have the characteristics and qualities of 5:22-23, the fruit of the Spirit. This is not a reference to an office, a role of authority, or one who is the people's choice.
B. How Is It To Be Done?
In a spirit of gentleness. It does not mean passive or shy, rather equitable, fair, forbearing, and empha ...

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