Sermon on Sunday, May 11, 2014 by Pastor Thomas Tate
- Paul, an apostle (not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.
- To the churches of Galatia: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.
– Galatians 1:2b-5
RESCUED FROM GOD’S JUDGMENT
- “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. “And I, if [since] I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
RESCUED FROM GOD’S WRATH
- But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
DO NOT RETURN TO WHAT YOU’VE BEEN RESCUED FROM
- Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
RESCUED AND PROTECTED
- “But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
RESCUED TO RESCUE OTHERS
- “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
- And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.
- “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
RESCUED TO A HEAVENLY KINGDOM
- The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
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1. Have you ever been rescued from something (physical or emotional)?
2. Read Galatians 1:1-5. Everything Paul writes has purpose and meaning behind it. What are some of the points or counter arguments that are being made in this opening greeting?
3. Read Galatians 1:2b-5. What does God rescue us from and how did He do it?
4. Read John 12:31-32 & Romans 5:8-11. What did Jesus rescue us from according to these passages? What is the difference between God’s judgment and His wrath? Why does God have to judge? Today sin is more like “sin lite”, how does the concept of a wrathful God go against today’s perspective of God? How do these verses explain how God can be judgmental and wrathful but still loving and merciful?
5. Read 1 John 2:15-17. If you were rescued from drowning would you jump right back in the water? If you were rescued as a prisoner of war would you turn around and walk back to that prison camp? How should we feel about what God has rescued us from? Why do so many go back into captivity?
6. Read John 17:13-17. How does the world feel about Christians? How should we respond to the world’s hatred (John 3:16)? What did God give us to protect us from the ways of the world? How often do you read the Bible? What can you do to increase that time?
8. Read 2 Corinthians 4:3-5. How are the people of the world being held captive according to these verses? What must we do to lift this veil to set them free from the devil?
9. I am motivated by the fact that the devil is holding people captive and God wants them set free. Nothing brings me more joy than when God uses me to rescue another soul from the hands of the devil and deliver them into the arms of God. What motivates you to share the Gospel?