Pastor Shane Ham : No Other Gospel

The Ungospel · 48:11 · Recorded March 4, 2018

No Other Gospel

Galatians 1:3-9 (NIV) Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

Acts 15:1,5 (NIV) Some men came down and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved”… Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said, “The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.”

What is the gospel?

1. It’s news, NOT advice.

2. It’s truth, in the right order.

Galatians 2:11 (NIV) When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong….

Galatians 2:16 (NIV) Know 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.

The order is justification leading to sanctification.

Galatians 3:1-3, 5 (NIV) You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?… Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?

It’s all you need!

How do you know you’re getting it?

There’s the power.

Romans 1:16 (ESV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.

Genesis 35:10 (NIV) God said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.”

Galatians 2:20 (NIV) I 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.

There’s the Illumination.

Luke 8:18 (NCV) So be careful how you listen.

Ephesians 1:18 (NIV) I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.

There’s the weight.

There’s the intimacy.

  • Reflect on Galatians 1:3-9. What does Paul say will happen to anyone who promotes and teaches a “gospel” other than that which Paul preached—the good news of grace (vv. 8-9)?

  • What was one of the biggest misunderstandings about Christianity you had to overcome before you could believe?

  • What can you do in the coming week to be more faithful to Christ and his Gospel? Share with your small group.

  • What does the concept of justification mean? How is a person “justified in Christ”? See Galatians 2:1617. How would you explain v. 16 to a non-Christian, particularly one with high moral standards?

  • Read Romans 1:16 aloud. Paul was bold about his faith. When have you been in a situation where as a Christian you felt like you “stuck out”? Were you bold or were you embarrassed?

  • Read Galatians 3:1-3. What kind of balance should there be between “observing the law” (v. 2) and faith?

Have a question or comment? shaneham@northpointe.org

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