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Paul Gets up in Peter’s Face

Galatians 2:11–16 ESV
But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?” We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
Question: What are some things we observe in this passage? Who, What, When, Where Why, How?
Explain the passage
Key Points
Key Take Aways in light of tough conversations:
#1. Tough Coversations are best had Face to Face:
Question: Why is face to face a better way?
Pressumptions and Assumptions can be Squashed
tone is known
#2. Facts before emotions
#3. Words are best few and well placed
#4. Tough Coversations require courage
Paul was confronting Peter, the guy who walked with the man himself
Paul stood in front of a group
Matthew 18:15–20 ESV
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
If your brother sins against you: The word here does mean here to act contray to God’s law but it also simply means to fail or do wrong. So this sets up a personal situation. This is confirmed in how in how God is telling us here to handle it. Got to the person and have a Face to Face.
Now I want you to see something here that is very important and often contrary to modern culture. Who in this passage is responsible for the start of reconciliation? The offended brother! This is contrary to how many times this is handled, many times we don’t go Face to Face and go behind the back and we sit and wait on the appolige we wait for the other brother to self relize that they have don’t something wrong or offensive and then come crawling back… but we see here that it is clear the burden of bringing it up is on the one done wrong...
But that isn’t to say that there ins’t reponsibility to be had on doing the offending… at the end of verse 15 we see that your brother has the burden of listening and a promise that you have “gained” your brother.
Point: Tough Conversations sometimes can be slow coversations.... We have to remember grace… we have to remember sometimes these hard talks produce real confusion and deep emotions… we have to give the tension and stress of the momment to marinate on the heart.
I love Matt 5:23-24,
Matthew 5:23–24 ESV
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
So if offering your gift at the alter and there you remember.... you see sometimes that conversation has taken place and maybe you didn’t get the response you wanted to see, give God the chance to work in the truth that was spoken, God is serious about unity in his Children, so serious that he wants you to get it right before you bring him your gift to him.
We see in these two passages and in the conversation Paul had with Peter that God is serious about His people working it out. He has set a plan before us to have tough conversations, and there is a
But we have to remember how important unity in family is and seek out reconciliation above pride.
Tough Conversations are not always in conflick like we talked about today.
Many times
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