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Something worth Fighting For (2 of 16)
We continue our study through the book of Galatians in a series I've entitled Justified. The message of Galatians is the message of spiritual freedom and deliverance by Christ from the bondage of sin and religious legalism. We are justified by God's grace, not by legalism.
Tonight, we come to Galatians 1:6-12 and I want to talk about this subject, Something Worth Fighting For. Typically, Paul's letters would have a simple greeting and then a few words of affection and appreciation. But, that's not the case here in Galatians. Paul was so concerned about the problems facing this church, he got right down to the important issues. READ TEXT
In the life of the churches, Paul feared nothing so much as false doctrine, since it is the underlying source of ungodly behavior. He expresses deep concern for the Corinthian church READ 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 Satan's primary target for false teaching is the doctrine of salvation, because if people are confused about that they have no way of coming to God in the first place and thus remain under Satan's influence and control. Satan's first strategy is to undermine the heart of the gospel, which is salvation by grace, made possible through the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Judaizers had led these Galatians Christians astray through their ceremonialism, ritualism, and legalism. Paul wasn't willing to stand by and let that happen. He jumps right into the fight.
*Fight…seriously? Christians are called to be lovers of peace right? Doesn't Jesus say, ''Blessed are the peacemakers?'' Sure, but the Bible tells us to ''fight the good fight.'' There are some things worthy fighting for…like TRUTH! Let's be honest, we like a good fight anyway right? This is why boxing was so popular at one time and now MMA and UFC have risen in popularity. For whatever reason, we are drawn to the carnage of grown men beat ...
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