August 16 Sermon Notes & Quotes
“Help One Another”
- Help Those Who ____________ (Galatians 6:1)
- Help Those Who ____________ (Galatians 6:2)
- A Word of ____________ (Galatians 6:3)
Help Those Who Sin (Galatians 6:1)
- Spiritual in Galatians 6:1 does not describe an elite class of Christian; it describes all Christians.
- When Christians are caught in sin, our goal is to restore
Help Those Who Suffer (Galatians 6:2)
- All Christians bear burdens.
- All Christians are called to “bear one another’s burdens.”
- What are three practical ways to “bear one another’s burdens?”
A Word of Warning (Galatians 6:3)
- Who is in danger in Galatians 6:1-3? (Circle One)
- The Sinner
- The Sufferer
- The Spiritual
- What is their great danger?
- How does a proper understanding of the Gospel help us to avoid this great danger?
- “Less than half of U.S. Christians expect to experience eternal salvation because of their confession of sin and acceptance of Christ as their Savior, while a larger number of professing Christians believe good works will get them into Heaven, a new survey has found. The American Worldview Inventory 2020 survey conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University found that a majority of people who describe themselves as Christian (52%) accept a “works-oriented” means to God’s acceptance. “In contrast, a minority of adults (46%) who describe themselves as “Christian” expect to experience eternal salvation because of their confession of sin and acceptance of Christ as their savior” (https://www.christianpost.com/news/over-half-of-us-christians-believe-good-works-will-get-them-into-heaven-study.html).
- “The Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged. […] He needs his brother man as a bearer and proclaimer of the divine word of salvation. He needs his brother solely because of Jesus Christ” (Bonhoeffer, Life Together, 22-23).
- “The goal of all Christian community: they meet one another as bringers of the message of salvation. As such, God permits them to meet together and gives them community. Their fellowship is founded solely upon Jesus Christ and this ‘alien righteousness.’ All we can say, therefore, is: the community of Christians springs solely from the Biblical and Reformation message of the justification of man through grace alone; this alone is the basis of the longing of Christians for one another” (Bonhoeffer, Life Together, 23).
- “Let the ministers of the Gospel learn from Paul how to deal with those who have sinned. Brothers, he says, “if any man be overtaken with a fault, do not aggravate his grief, do not scold him, do not condemn him, but lift him up and gently restore his faith. If you see a brother despondent over a sin he has committed, run up to him, reach out your hand to him, comfort him with the Gospel and embrace him like a mother. When you meet a willful sinner who does not care, go after him and rebuke him sharply.” But this is not the treatment for one who has been overtaken by a sin and is sorry. He must be dealt with in the spirit of meekness and not in the spirit of severity. A repentant sinner is not be given gall and vinegar to drink” (Luther, Galatians, 150).
- “If we are never obliged to relieve others’ burdens, but only when we can do it without burdening ourselves, then how do we bear our neighbor’s burdens, if we bear no burden at all?” (Jonathan Edwards).