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The Gospel Is for Everyone (4 of 16)
Tonight, we continue our series through the NT book of Galatians. It's a series we've entitled Justified. If you remember, the theme of this book is very simple: the gospel of Jesus Christ is offered to all people through the finished work of Christ upon the cross. It requires no work of man or no righteousness on our part. Tonight, we come to Galatians 2:1-10 and the title of my sermon is, The Gospel is for Everyone. READ TEXT -- PRAY
*Ernest Hemingway was an author and journalist who is primarily known for The Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls. However, his life story is a study in the poisonous power of legalism. Interestingly enough, his grandparents were devout evangelicals. His parents were also professing Christians, but had developed to the fullest that brand of Christianity that is judged by one's adherence to the rules and regulations of religion. When Hemingway began living his sinful, rebellious life, his mother refused to allow him in her presence. One year for his birthday, she mailed him a cake along with the gun his father had used to kill himself. Another year, she wrote him a letter explaining that a mother's life is like a bank. She wrote, ''The child makes withdrawals, but no deposits during all the early years. Later when the child grows up, it is his responsibility to replenish the supply he has drawn down.'' Hemingway's mother then proceeded to spell out all the specific ways in which Ernest should be making deposits to keep the account in good standing. She listed among other things flowers, candy, fruit, and the paying of Mother's bills. ''And above all,'' she wrote, ''a determination to stop neglecting your duties to God and your Savior, Jesus Christ.'' Ernest Hemingway never got over his hatred for his mother or for her Savior.
The book of Galatians is the story of Paul's fight against legalism and. He emphasize ...
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