Sermon for the week of August 13th, 2017 by Pastor Steve Hopkins
Beyond Belief: Learning to Trust God.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galatians 5:1–6, NIV)
- A Covenant in the Flesh
- “You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant.” (Genesis 17:11–13, NIV)
- Pleasing God (v.2-3)
- “Everything they do, they do to be noticed by others. They make extra-wide prayer bands for their arms and long tassels for their clothes. They love to sit in places of honor at banquets and in the synagogues. They love to be greeted with honor in the markets and to be addressed as ‘Rabbi.’” (Matthew 23:5–7, CEB)
- “You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.” (Galatians 5:4, ESV)
- “Anyone who tries to keep all of the Law but fails at one point is guilty of failing to keep all of it.” (James 2:10, CEB)
Δ? Do I try to please God or trust God?
- The Answer is not in doing more, but trusting more.
- “For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.” (Galatians 5:5, NIV)
- “It isn’t the Jew who maintains outward appearances who will receive praise from God, and it isn’t people who are outwardly circumcised on their bodies. Instead, it is the person who is a Jew inside, who is circumcised in spirit, not literally. That person’s praise doesn’t come from people but from God.” (Romans 2:28–29, CEB)
- “Moreover, the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, in order that you may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:6, NRSV)
Δ? What might trusting God look like in my everyday life? Do I recognize the difference between mere belief in a fact and trust in a relationship?
- What real trust looks like, Luke 7:36-50
- “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” (Luke 7:47, NIV)
- Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:50, NIV)
- The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians 5:6, NIV)
Δ? How do I move to a place of greater trust in God?