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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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This past weekend, we dove into Galatians 2 and Paul’s rebuke of Peter. In this message, Pastor Chris Baselice showed us the worth and power of the gospel in our lives and how we should live in response.
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The Gospel Is Worth Running For (Galatians 2:1–5): The New Testament writers often equated the Christian life with running a race (1 Corinthians 9:24–27; Philippians 3:13; 2 Timothy 4:7, 25; Hebrews 12:1, 11–13). Here, Paul speaks of conferring with the apostles and sharing with them the gospel he’s been preaching to ensure they were all on the same page. He wasn’t concerned about his message, which he received directly from the risen Christ; he was concerned that the church in Jerusalem had believed the lie of legalism and would attempt to discredit his ministry to the Gentiles. But they were on the same page, because there is only ONE gospel!
Paul’s life after his conversion was spent running the race for the cause of Christ and the advancement of the gospel. It was painful, dangerous, required discipline, self-control, time, and great sacrifice. But it was worth it!
What are you running for? Power and influence? Money? Knowledge? Relationships? Or are you running after Jesus and His purposes and will for you?
The Gospel Is Worth Uniting For (Galatians 2:6–10): When the true gospel of Jesus is present and at the forefront, there is unity. The apostles conferred with Paul and knew they were all on the same mission. This was a unity based on truth. You see, when the Spirit of truth is present and moving and directing, true and genuine unity happens.
That’s what the gospel does . . . it’s meant to unite, to tear down walls, to break strongholds, and bring us into harmony with God and one another. But the enemy has found a way to distract and divide us through worldly things—culture, politics, socio-economic distinctions, preferences, etc.
As the body of Christ, may we press into the Spirit and stop focusing on minor issues at the expense of gospel unity, which in turn impacts our ability as believers to influence the world around us. May we not miss out on the beauty of the Church working in harmony, because the gospel is worth uniting for so we may reach our community and change our world.
The Gospel Is Worth Fighting For (Galatians 2:11–14): In this section, the scene shifts from Jerusalem to Antioch and we see Peter being caught up in a moment of hypocrisy where, after having been in fellowship and even eating with the Gentile believers (which according to Old Testament law would make him ceremonially unclean) and enjoying his Christian freedom, he hypocritically withdrew from them and cut off fellowship when a group arrived from Jerusalem. Why? Because he was afraid of what the group from Jerusalem would think if they saw him having table fellowship with Gentiles and eating non-Kosher food. And Paul confronts him in front of the entire church because this was a big deal. This didn’t destroy or damage their relationship; however, it strengthened it (1 Peter 3:15) as Peter realized his error and was convicted.
We must be willing to fight for the true gospel of Jesus, as Paul did. We must be ready to protect the purity and power of it, because the gospel is more than just a message to be heard, it’s a life that is lived.
If this happens in our lives, I pray we have someone like Paul who is willing to confront us in love and for the sake of our freedom and the freedom of those we hold influence over. And if this happens in the lives of a brother or sister, I pray we have the courage to confront them in love.
The Gospel Is Worth Dying For (Galatians 2:15–21): In Christ, we die. We die to the old life, to the life of slavery to sin. We are crucified with Him and born again to a new life . . . a life in which Christ lives in us, in which His Spirit dwells within us and in unity with ours. And now, in this new life, we are made alive by the presence of Christ in us.
In Christ, there is new life. But this life is found only in Him, not in ourselves or our accomplishments or our works. It depends fully and solely on Jesus. When we understand and embrace this beautiful reality, we experience true freedom.
Quote to Remember: When we realize we could never save ourselves, His death will mean everything to us.—Pastor Chris Baselice
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
As you think about this weekend’s teaching, here are a few questions to reflect on and consider on your own, with your family, or in your group.
1. What does it look like to run the race for the gospel? How are you running it today?
2. What causes division in the body of Christ? How have you seen this impact your life and race as a believer? How can we prevent ourselves from experiencing division and promoting unity within the church body?
3. What does it look like to confront a fellow believer in love?
4. How can you fight against a legalistic mindset? What can you do practically to stay on the true course of the gospel?
AN OVERVIEW OF GALATIANS
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Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.