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Justification by Faith Alone

Text: Galatians 2:15-16
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 24, 2012

Many people will go to church tomorrow with the hope of learning how to be more successful in life – career, academics and relationships. While the Bible speaks to these issues, they are much less important than the topic of tomorrow’s sermon. Tomorrow we will address the issue of how a sinful person can be right with a holy God.
The answer of Scripture (which Paul states three times in our text) is that we are not justified by our works, but we are justified by faith alone in Christ alone to Whom our guilt was imputed and Whose righteousness is imputed to us.

While this teaching sounds simple and clear, it is neither well understood nor well liked – in Paul’s day or in ours. There is no truth more under attack by Satan, who has no problem with religion and morality, but actively opposes grace.

My hope is that each of you will see that this is the clear teaching of Scripture and that you will be able to defend and proclaim this vital truth. Even more our desire is that those who have never received God’s righteousness in Christ will believe. Pray for this, please.


Separate is Not Equal!

Text: Galatians 2:11-14
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 17, 2012

Imagine if, while one of the our elders was preaching, another elder stood up and shouted, “You are wrong!”
Our text for Sunday contains an even more tense moment as the Apostle Paul publicly opposes Peter’s refusal to eat with the Gentiles.

Our passage reveals that even great men make great mistakes, which means that we must put our ultimate trust in God who speaks infallibly in His Word.
We also are reminded that everyone, including (especially!) church leaders, needs accountability.

Paul’s actions also remind us that we need to be prepared to defend the gospel against even implicit corruption.


Entrusted with the Gospel

Text: Galatians 2:6-10
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 10, 2012

If you were to go to many colleges and seminaries to study theology, the professors would claim that Paul’s theology contradicted that of Peter and James.
These professors would say that these early apostles clashed over the fundamental Christian message.

Galatians 2:1-10 records a great summit meeting between Paul, who was called to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, and Peter (with James and John) who brought the gospel to the Jews.
The outcome is that they agreed both on their message and on the division of labor as they sought to evangelize the world.
They also agreed upon the importance of ministering to the poor in the churches.

The cooperation and respect among the apostles has application to us today.
How should we look upon the men whom God uses to do great things for His kingdom?
Who is authorized to preach the gospel and to do church planting?
How should Christians from different churches work together to advance the gospel?
Why does God allow poor people among his churches? What are our responsibilities to the poor?


Fighting for Gospel Truth and Freedom

Text: Galatians 2:1-5
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: June 3, 2012

The past week we celebrated Memorial Day on which we remember those who fought and sacrificed for our political freedom.
The Apostle Paul was a different kind of freedom fighter. He fought for the freedom purchased for us by Christ against legalists who would enslave us again to the law.
The issue is, “How can a person be justified before a holy God?” The gospel says that we can be sure that we are saved as we trust solely in Christ’s perfect work for us.
The legalist says that we must add our works to the work of Christ. The gospel gives us full assurance of salvation. Legalism keeps us enslaved in uncertainty and fear.
Some might have said that Paul was quibbling over theological details and that he should just compromise for the sake of unity.
Paul realized that our freedom in Christ is worth fighting for.
He carried his fight to Jerusalem where he enlists the backing of the highly regarded Apostles including Peter, James and John.
When they receive Titus, the uncircumcised Gentile, the principle that we are accepted by God based upon faith alone in Christ’s work alone is clearly established.


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