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God’s Grace is More Amazing than Your Sin

Text: Romans 5:12?21
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Outline: PDF
Date: May 27, 2012

It is so easy to become accustomed to a cheapened view of grace. The apostle Paul builds our confidence and wonder in the grace of God by explaining the work of the two Adams in Romans 5:12-21. Viewing life through the lens of Adam’s sin and Christ’s work will keep us from having a cheapened view of the grace of God so that we can live as those who have received this super-abounding gift.

A Divinely Revealed Gospel

Text: Galatians 1:11-24
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 20, 2012

Many throughout history have challenged the teachings of the Apostle Paul. Thomas Jefferson regarded the Apostle Paul as a corrupter of the teaching of Jesus.
The false teachers who were disturbing the churches in Galatia were saying that Paul was leaving out part of the gospel message as they taught that Gentile converts to Christ has to come under the Jewish law, including circumcision. These false teachers claimed that their teaching was the true apostolic teaching and implied that Paul did not share equal status with the apostles in Jerusalem.

In our passage for this week Paul defends his teaching by recounting how he was personally called and taught by Christ.
Because Jesus is the source of his call and his message he does not need approval or instruction from anyone else—not even the apostles in Jerusalem.

This passage challenges the reader to decide whether Paul’s gospel is from God, and then what his personal response will be to Paul’s gospel.

This passage also reminds us that the glory in salvation belongs to God alone who was pleased to set us apart from before we were born and to call us to Himself by His sovereign grace.

Finally, our text encourages us that if God can save Paul, who was a hardened persecutor of the church, and if He can save us, then He can save anyone.
This should encourage us as we share our faith with others (including at the Street Faire) that God is mighty to save by means of His powerful gospel.

Gospel Treason

Text: Galatians 1:6-10
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 13, 2012

This week’s passage begins with Paul saying, “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel”. Paul later states, “If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”
Yes, I know that Sunday is Mother’s Day. Some of you will recall that I have often preached a special sermon for Mother’s Day.
But we just started Galatians. Plus, the mothers at GBC are passionate about the gospel; therefore, we honor them by proclaiming God’s grace to us in Christ.
Furthermore, in our text, Paul defends the gospel like he would his mother if she were to be attacked.

The gospel was under attack in Paul’s day by people who said that Gentiles who had believed in Jesus had to come under the law of Moses, including circumcision in order to be saved.
While not many are insisting that Christians come under the Mosaic law, many are guilty of corrupting the gospel by adding our works to the perfect work of Christ.
Just as the error of the false teachers in Galatia was subtle, many in our day will talk about salvation by grace through faith in Christ (which sounds good), while denying that we are saved by God’s grace ALONE through faith ALONE in Christ ALONE.

Some will view Paul as an intolerant man as he pronounces a curse on those who corrupt the gospel. Tolerance used to mean that one respects the right of others to have and express different beliefs – a form of tolerance consistent with our beliefs. Now tolerance has come to mean that one must treat all other views as just as valid and true as one’s own view. By this definition Paul was “intolerant” and so we must be. The irony is that those who claim to be tolerant are very intolerant of those who claim to believe in absolute truth. While we may endure personal slights or differences on non-central issues, the church cannot tolerate any corruption of the gospel among its teachers and members.

After the sermon, you can go home and have a nice lunch together as a family, giving thanks for those mothers who, like Paul, are passionately committed to the gospel and will not tolerate error in the church.

The Scandal of Free Grace

Text: Mark 2:13-17
Speaker: Curt Arend
Outline: PDF
Date: May 6, 2012

Tomorrows sermon in from Mark 2:13-17 and titled “The Scandal of Free Grace”. Please read Mark 2 in preparation for the sermon. In our text, having called Levi to follow him, we see Jesus feasting with at Levi’s house with many other tax collectors and sinners. Much of 21st century Christianity is spent in isolation from the world. We are called to be salt and light to a dying world and can’t do that living in isolation. Jesus spent time with whoever wanted to hear His message and did not make repentance a precondition to His love and acceptance. The self righteous religious leaders see this as a scandal and make judgments against Jesus and His disciples. Any self respecting religious teacher would never eat at a table full of sinners, so they thought. We too can be prone being judgmental, just like the pharisees, even falling into various forms of legalism. When we as God’s people are transformed by the gospel, should be motivated by it by being intentional in our interactions with those in the world that God in His great mercy might save some. If you don’t share the gospel in the workplace, marketplace and neighborhood, who will?

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