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Where Is Your Joy? (9 of 16)
Series: Being Set Free: Galatians
Dr. Stan Coffey
For you to be here on Sunday night it says something about your commitment to the Lord and your hunger for the word of God and for worship and I'm really grateful tonight for you being here on this Baccalaureate Sunday. This is a wonderful group and I thank God for you.
Tonight I want you to take God's word and turn to Galatians Chapter 4 as we continue our study in the book of Galatians. Galatians is not an easy book; it's one of the more difficult books I believe that Paul wrote as far as understanding his concern and yet there was something fundamental in it.
There is something basic in it that will set you free in your Christian life when you realize what Paul is sharing with us about what the Christian walk is and that it depends on Jesus and not us, that it was taken care of at the cross two thousand years ago. Amen?
We don't have to work or earn not only just for salvation and justification neither do we have to work for victory and sanctification. All of it was given to us by grace. We are saved by grace and we walk by grace and that's what Paul is talking about in Galatians Chapter 4.
Paul in this passage is talking about maturing people in the Lord. I spoke this morning that God's plan for our life is to conform us to the image of His dear son, Jesus Christ. That is what Paul has on his heart.
In the last message we shared what it meant to be adopted into the family of God, to be accepted as a child of God with full inheritance, with full rights of son ship and heir ship with Jesus.
And now he writes about a matter that is on his heart and I call this message tonight - Where Is Your Joy? Where is your joy? Because he is writing to a group of people who seemed to have lost their joy in Christian service. Now they are working and they are doing all the things they are suppose to do and they are about the task.
It's not that they a ...
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