TEACHER: Ken Hicks
SCRIPTURES: Galatians 1:1-24;
BOTTOM LINE: The Gospel of Grace! Paul’s life was CHANGED forever by the GRACE of God!
QUESTION: Have you ever thought that your Salvation was experienced thru the Grace of God PLUS something else? Maybe Bible Study; Giving of your $; Prayer; Church Attendance? In other words … is God’s Grace sufficient, or is it God’s Grace plus something else?
DOWNLOAD: Imagine with me for a minute … a man and his wife are out doing some hiking and they get lost. Darkness is coming soon, and there is a bad storm approaching. We’re part of a rescue team that is sent out as night falls; the temperatures are beginning to drop; and we find them to bring them out to safety.
We’re getting really close to safety and we tell the man and his wife, there is a cabin and fire and food just up ahead.
BUT … instead of going in that direction, they begin heading the other way. At this point, what’s going thru our minds?
- Are we wondering what in the world they are thinking?
- Maybe we even ask them … Hey … where are you going? Why are you going that way?
- Do we plead with them to continue to follow us to safety?
Truth is … we know the ONLY way to safety and they are choosing to go a different direction … and the way they are headed actually leads to destruction.
This happens to be the exact scenario in Galatia … [now modern day Turkey].
Paul had gone on his 1st Missionary Journey [Acts 13-14] … and when he was there, he had told them that Salvation was by Grace … and there was no other way.
And what had happened was that there were some folks who came along after Paul … and what they began preaching and teaching and saying was different than what Paul had shared w/ the Galatians … and so you can imagine from their perspective how confusing this began to be.
So Paul writes this letter to the Churches in Galatia because many there are starting to believe these False Teachers … and even began to question what Paul had taught them … and Paul had to have been thinking … Argghhhh … I told you guys this was coming.
So let’s dive into this together for a few minutes here in chapter 1.
- GRACE is GOOD NEWS
Galatians 1:6 … “6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel –“
- GRACE PLUS is BAD NEWS
Galatians 1:6-7 … 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all.”
John 1:12 … “12 Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.“
Ephesians 2:8-9 … “8 For it is by GRACE you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the Gift of God – 9 not by works, so that one can boast.”
- PAUL WAS A MESSENGER OF GRACE
Romans 10:14 … “14 How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
- PAUL’S LIFE SHOWED THE MANIFESTATION OF GRACE
Galatians 1:13-14 … “13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers …
Galatians 1:22-24 … 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they praised God because of me.”
1 Corinthians 15:9-10 … “9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God 10 But by the GRACE of God I am what I am, and His GRACE to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them-yet not I, but the GRACE of God that was with me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 … “9 But He said to me, ‘My GRACE is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardship, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”