Sermon for the service of Sunday July 2, 2017 by Pastor Steve Hopkins
There Can Only Be One.
- I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in 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 them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:6-12, NIV)
- The Problem in Galatia
- The apostles and elders met to consider this question. After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” (Acts 15:11-16, NIV)
- We are easily distracted (v.6-7)
- The Lord proclaims: Don’t listen to the prophets who are speaking to you; they are deceiving you. Their visions come from their own hearts, not from the Lord’s mouth. They keep saying to those who scorn God’s message, “All will go well for you,” and to those who follow their own willful hearts, “Nothing bad will happen to you.” But who has stood in the Lord’s council to listen to God’s word? Who has paid attention to his word and announced it? (Jeremiah 23:16-18, CEB)
- My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world. Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person—comes from God and belongs to God. (1 John 4:1-2, MSG)
Δ? Are there false prophets in my life? Do I listen to them and heed their advice? Better yet, to whom am I listening as my ultimate authority?
- Two Gospels?
- “…let them be under God’s curse!” (v. 8, 9)
- For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11-12, NRSV)
- Paul’s Gospel: I passed on to you as most important what I also received: Christ died for our sins in line with the scriptures, he was buried, and he rose on the third day in line with the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-5, CEB)
- For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26, NKJV)
Δ? Am I living in accordance with the Gospel I first received and believed? When I make life decisions, are they in accordance with this Gospel? Do I pray about them?