GOSPEL WAKEFULNESS: GALATIANS

Pastor Abraham Cremeens

The Gospel is not only for our initial point of coming to Christ. The Gospel is for all of life, every aspect of it. As Christians, we must be wakeful to the Gospel each and every day and find ways to align ourselves to it: our thoughts, emotions, and actions. This affects everything and in it lies the full life that Jesus promised.

Gospel Wakefulness (Part 1)

Galatians 1:1-5

June 21, 2015


The gospel is from God and is therefore trustworthy and sufficient. It is trustworthy because God has a perfect track record of faithful and honest workings in this world. He does not lie and he never has. There has never been a point where God has had to ask forgiveness or repent of being false. As a result we can believe the gospel. Further, this gospel is sufficient to save. God always accomplishes his goal, even the saving of lost people through the cross of Christ.


Gospel Wakefulness (Part 2)

Galatians 1:1-9

June 28, 2015


There is only one Jesus and only one gospel. Any alternative or addition is an affront to God’s sovereignty and glory. The Galatians were in danger of deserting this one true Jesus because of a distorted gospel that false teachers brought into the picture. This was not an option for the Galatians, nor is it an option for the church today. We are called to combat gospel distortions in the same way as the Galatians were, by treasuring Christ and preserving his message. We are to treasure Christ by looking at him and enjoying him. The guarantee is that he will become more appealing in our eyes than any alternative. We are to preserve his message by preaching the gospel to ourselves every day. The benefits are enormous.


Living as Servants of Christ

Galatians 1:10-2:10

November 1, 2015


We all battle, to some degree, the desire to measure up.  But the good news in Christ is that he has already measured up for us in our place.  This frees us to live in joy and obedience, without fear.  As a servant of Christ, our entire identity has been changed and our life agenda has been rewritten.  We are servants of Christ in that we have encountered the living Christ and, as a result have received a new mission.  The joy of the Christian life is delighting in our new identity and participating in Christ’s mission, as we live as servants of Christ.


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Living in Gospel Freedom

Galatians 2:11-21

November 8, 2015


We have been crucified with Christ.  Our old self was put to death and we were raised to new life with Christ.  As believers, we are called to live by faith.  But every minute of every day we have two options.  The conscious decision sits in front of us to live by works, attempting to earn our way into God’s favor, or to live by faith, resting in the fact that Jesus has already won our favor with God.


Living by Faith

Galatians 3:1-9

February 28, 2016


Jerry Bridges has said, “We are saved by faith, but we wrongly attempt to live by works.” This is the very issue Paul addresses in these issues. Though the Galatians had begun by faith in Christ alone, a shift had taken place. They attempted to be perfected by what they could do. The church faces the same battle today. Paul calls us to look to Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.


The Curse or Christ

Galatians 3:10-14

May 15, 2016


The law certainly condemns us, since no one can perfectly keep the law.  But the law was never intended to save anyone.  Rather, it was meant to point us to faith in Christ.  Though we all stand guilty before God because we fail his law, the resulting curse is dealt with by Christ.  He chose to become a curse for us and die in our place.  This is something we can rest and rejoice in!


Adopted as Sons

Galatians 3:23-4:7

August 14, 2016


God wants us to live in the joy and freedom of sonship.  We were once captive to the law and sin, but we were adopted into a close, intimate relationship with our heavenly Father.  We are now in an eternally safe relationship with him and enjoy the inheritance he generously provides.


Gospel Freedom

Galatians 4:8-20

October 23, 2016


God wants us to live in the joy and freedom of sonship.  We were once captive to the law and sin, but we were adopted into a close, intimate relationship with our heavenly Father.  We are now in an eternally safe relationship with him and enjoy the inheritance he generously provides.

 

Freed to Freely Love

Galatians 5:1-15

July 9, 2017


It is God’s will for us that we stand firm in and enjoy the freedom he gives us in Christ.  This requires that we put off autonomy (bypassing God to experience “godness”), be alert to deception, and put on love for others.  We are not freed to live in our own selfish pursuits but to freely love others.


Walk by the Spirit

Galatians 5:16-26

July 16, 2017


There is a war within our hearts.  It is a war unlike any other.  The flesh demands we fulfill its cravings.  The Spirit within us motivates and guides us toward a fruitful life.  Every moment of every day we must determine which we will follow, the flesh or the Spirit.  We are in a war, but God will have us win that war.


Gospel Community

Galatians 6:1-5

September 10, 2017


God did not call us to walk with him alone, but to walk with him together in Gospel community.  We are a family and function together as a family.  That means we care for one another when one falls into sin.  We help one another carry burdens.  We also give attention to our own souls, knowing that my spiritual health impacts the church’s corporate health.