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Pastor Shane Ham : Brings You In

Gospel Life · 38:33 · Recorded May 16, 2021

Brings You In

Galatians 2:1116, 1921 (NIV) 11When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. 12Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.13The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.14When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all,“You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?15We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ 16know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified… 19For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.20I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.21I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Principles of the Gospel

– The gospel is the way to get righteousness.

Psalm 51:13, 56 (NIV) 1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.2Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me… 5Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

– Religion is a cheap substitute!

– We’re justified by faith.

– We are crucified with Christ.

1 Peter 2:22 (MSG) He never did one thing wrong, Not once said anything amiss.

What does the Gospel do?

– Brings you in to right standing with God.

—You’re part of his family.

1 John 3:1 (NKJV) Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

Romans 4:5 (NIV) Now to him who does not work but trusts in him who justifies the ungodly, to him it is credited as righteousness.

– Builds you up and into the person he’s made you to be.

— You’re a citizen of his kingdom.

Philippians 3:1920 (NLT2) 19They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. 20But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.

John 18:36 (NLT2) Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”

– Bridges you toward all people, regardless of their background, ethnicity, or politics.

— You’re a member of his church.

1 Corinthians 12:1213 (NLT2) The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

– Burdens you for the struggles of others.

1 Corinthians 12:2627 (NLT2) If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.

— You’re an instrument for his service.

– Breaks you from the patterns of behavior that war against your soul.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NRSV) For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

— You’re a new creation made in his likeness.

Talk It Over
  • If Paul wrote a letter to the church today, what stand would he take on the issues that threaten to tear the church apart?

  • When you consider that we are all part of the body of Christ, do you celebrate in our differences? Or do you have a hard time getting past the things that make us different?

  • Go back and review the points under “What does the Gospel do”. How does this make you feel knowing that you are part of his family and a citizen of his kingdom?

  • Reread 1 Corinthians 12:1213 (NLT2). Now look at what is happening in our world today. Are you treating everyone in the body of Christ with the same grace and love?

  • When you reflect on your relationship with Christ today, is it a relationship or has it become a religion? What is the difference?

  • When you commit your life to Christ, did you know that God looks at you in the same way he does his son. His heart bursts with joy. How does this make you feel? Take the time to let this soak in and then reach out in gratitude to the Lord.

  • Do you see it as a gift when you are burdened for the struggle of others? Does it help you feel connected? Are you unsure how to help your fellow believer? Talk this over with a friend.

  • Parents – Take this time to talk to your kids about the difference between religion and relationship. Help them understand that “just” coming to church or doing good things doesn’t mean you have a friendship with Jesus. Knowing him and spending time with him is what builds a relationship.

Talk It Over
  • If Paul wrote a letter to the church today, what stand would he take on the issues that threaten to tear the church apart?

  • When you consider that we are all part of the body of Christ, do you celebrate in our differences? Or do you have a hard time getting past the things that make us different?

  • Go back and review the points under “What does the Gospel do”. How does this make you feel knowing that you are part of his family and a citizen of his kingdom?

  • Reread 1 Corinthians 12:1213 (NLT2). Now look at what is happening in our world today. Are you treating everyone in the body of Christ with the same grace and love?

  • When you reflect on your relationship with Christ today, is it a relationship or has it become a religion? What is the difference?

  • When you commit your life to Christ, did you know that God looks at you in the same way he does his son. His heart bursts with joy. How does this make you feel? Take the time to let this soak in and then reach out in gratitude to the Lord.

  • Do you see it as a gift when you are burdened for the struggle of others? Does it help you feel connected? Are you unsure how to help your fellow believer? Talk this over with a friend.

  • Parents – Take this time to talk to your kids about the difference between religion and relationship. Help them understand that “just” coming to church or doing good things doesn’t mean you have a friendship with Jesus. Knowing him and spending time with him is what builds a relationship.

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