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PRECIOUS PROMISES FROM GOD’S WORD
A Biblical Picture of God’s Promises
Young Adults Sunday School Class – First Baptist, Center Point
February 25, 2007
TEXT: Galatians 6:1-10
TOPIC: A Promise for Strength
In verse 9 we are told not to lose heart in doing good. (Share story of woman who was having a bad day). All of us have moments in life in which we are simply worn out. Frustrated, upset, angry, ready to give up, to just quit.
FOUR SECRETS THAT WILL GIVE US STRENGTH
1. Strength in My Relationships with Other People,Galatians 6.1-2
Galatians 6:1–2 ESV
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
The question we need to ask ourselves is “Am I a help to other people or am I hurting people? Am I a blessing or a burden?” “Do I tear down or do I build up?”
A. The Person Who Needs Restoration, “overtaken in a fault” caught in sin. The idea is of one who has fallen, slipped, as one who slips on ice.
B. The Person Who Restores “you who are spiritual, restore”
“restore” is a medical term. To mend or to set as in setting a broken bone.
C. The Spirit of Restoration
i. in the spirit of gentleness “meekness”
ii. in the spirit of humility “considering thyself…”
iii. in the spirit of helpfulness “bear one another’s burdens”
iv. in the spirit of love “thus fulfill the law of Christ”
John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
2. Strength in my Private or Personal Responsibilities, Galatians 6.3-8
Galatians 6:3–8 ESV
3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load. 6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
There are some things I am responsible for that will give me strength.
The question here is “Am I growing or am I stagnant?”
Five Responsibilities
i. Evaluate v. 3 (see 6:14) We must have a healthy self-concept. See ourselves in the shadow of the cross of Jesus Christ.
ii. Examine v. 4 (In the spiritual areas of obedience, faithfulness and fruitfulness
iii. Exercise v. 5 (not a contradiction of verse 2) certain responsibilities I must bear alone. Example of a soldier who bears his own back pack but if a soldier is wounded in battle then his fellow soldiers will help him.
iv. Exhibit our thankfulness v. 6 (Those who are taught spiritual truths are to share with those who taught them and express thanks)
v. Expectation vv.7-8 Fundamental law - We reap exactly what we sow. If you sow anger, resentment, bitterness, you are going to reap the same.
3. Strength in My Proper Reaction to Problems, Galatians 6.9 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
The question is “Am I reacting properly to those around me?”
II Corinthians 4:1 “1 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.” and 2 Corinthians4. 16 “16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” “don’t lose heart.”
Compare with: II Cor. 1:8-9a “8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.”
2 Corinthians 4.2 “2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 “8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”
2 Corinthians 7:5 “5 For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted at every turn—fighting without and fear within.”
2 Corinthians 11:23-29 “23 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 “7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Paul had problems but he also had promises,
Paul had burdens but he also had blessings,
Paul had hardships, but he also had help,
Paul had pressures but he also had peace,
Paul had setbacks but he also had strength.
What was his secret? Paul decided to take the lemons of life and make lemonade. So many of us decide to take the lemons and suck on them. No wonder we look so puckered up!
4. Strength in My Proper Response to our Possibilities Galatians 6.10
Galatians 6:10 ESV
10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
You see what happens when we have problems is that we get our strength sapped from them. We decide to quit.
(Bring dictionary - 150,000 entries, 20,000 new entries annually. Cut our the word “quit”)
When you decide to quit in anything it weakens you. Quitting lessens our potential.
The difference between winners and losers in life is not that we don’t all have problems, we do, but a loser falls on his face and sucks his thumb, gets angry and blames others for their problems, and spends a lifetime wallowing in their own self pity. A winner picks himself up, brushes himself off and keeps on going.
“Quiters never win and winners never quit!”
If I could put all the people who have come to me with their problems in this room there would not be room to hold them.
If I could give them any one word of advice I would tell them to stop feeling sorry for themselves and look for opportunities to help others.
PRECIOUS PROMISES FROM GOD’S WORD
A Biblical Picture of God’s Promises
Young Adults Sunday School Class – First Baptist, Center Point
February 25, 2007
TEXT: Galatians 6:1-10
TOPIC: A Promise for Strength - Listening Guide
FOUR SECRETS THAT WILL GIVE US STRENGTH
1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load. 6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
1. Strength in My _______________ with Other People, Galatians 6.1-2
Galatians 6:1–2 ESV
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
The question we need to ask ourselves is “Am I a help to other people or am I hurting people? Am I a blessing or a burden?” “Do I tear down or do I build up?”
A. The Person Who Needs ____________,“overtaken in a fault” caught in sin.
B. The Person Who _____________“you who are spiritual, restore”
C. The __________ of Restoration
i. in the spirit of gentleness “meekness”
ii. in the spirit of humility “considering thyself…”
iii. in the spirit of helpfulness “bear one another’s burdens”
iv. in the spirit of love “thus fulfill the law of Christ”
2. Strength in my _______________Responsibilities, Galatians 6.3-8
Galatians 6:3–8 ESV
3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load. 6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Five Responsibilities
i. E____________ v. 3 (see 6:14) We must have a healthy self-concept.
ii. E____________ v. 4 (In the spiritual areas of obedience, faithfulness and fruitfulness)
iii. E____________v. 5 (not a contradiction of verse 2)
iv. E_____________________v. 6 (Those who are taught spiritual truths are to share with those who taught them and express thanks
v. E_______________ vv.7-8 Fundamental law - We reap exactly what we sow.
3. Strength in My ______________ Reaction to Problems, Galatians 6.9 9
Galatians 6:9 ESV
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
“Am I reacting properly to those around me?”
4. Strength in My ______________Response to our Possibilities, Galatians 6.10
Galatians 6:10 ESV
10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
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