by Rich Wooten

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Known - Galatians Ch. 6 (7 of 7)
Series: Known
Richard Wooten
Galatians 6:1-18

We come to the final week of our Galatians Study. This final chapter is actually quite short, and last week we hit on one main passage about sowing and reaping. We looked at how we are known, the fruit of our lives. The works of flesh are plainly evident left to ourselves, but the Fruit of the Spirit can only be cultivated through the relationship with God that is vibrant, growing, maturing.

So, we will tonight go quickly through the first part of Galatians 6, and then finish out with a close look at the last 8 verses of the book.

A common theme from the beginning of Galatians is the interaction between followers of Christ. He dealt with Pe-ter in Acts and alludes to this in Galatians 2. He brings up this spiritual discipline again here at the end of his letter. He is dealing with this group of people who are the Judaizers, so that the people of God may respond in a way that is restorative when they are off-course (book written as a fifth grader).

Galatians 6:1 - 18
1 Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you won't be tempted also. 2 Carry one another's burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he is deceiving himself. 4 But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. 5 For each person will have to carry his own load.

This pattern is good for the church to follow. And it is not just for the corporate body, but also for accountability purposes as well. Here is the prescription given by Paul:

Sin committed
Sin admitted (either by choice or revelation)
Mature Christian helps to restore (with gentle spirit)
"Guard up" for the duration
This is a big resp ...

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