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Matt’s Sermon The goal: to teach that salvation comes only through faith.

Those who are in great suffering (examples given at the beginning of the message) are still lost unless they put their faith in Christ. For all have sinned an fall short of the glory of God. Our circumstances do not determine whether we are saved or not. Salvation is by faith. George’s Sermon We are saved to/for freedom. • Freedom from a system of trying to pay for our sin / grace not law Rom 3: 19-21 Rom 5:1-2 • Freedom from slavery to sin - Rom 6:16-18 • Freedom to find joy in life 1 Tim 4:4-5


You gotta serve somebody – Bob Dylan 2 .

In other words.Gal 5 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. 1b). 3 . The Thesis: Free at Last (5:1) This thesis has two elements: the statement of freedom (v. do not get caught up in the Mosaic law. A. therefore. you are free. 1a) and the implication of freedom (v.

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B. (3) love 5 . Summary of Paul’s letter (5:5-6) It has been said that verses 5–6 are a masterful summary of Paul’s whole letter. (2) the Spirit of God. Here we find (1) faith.

that Christians enjoy. 8:2) so that we can live as his “free children” (Gal. cf. 13–15) and by developing relationships to others that are marked by such things as kindness and goodness. and cannot know. The language of “freedom” is tied into the language of “redemption” (cf. 5:1. Paul says two things about love: (1) the Galatians are to “serve one another” in love. 6:18.C. male nor female: those who live in freedom have learned to neglect the barriers that social conventions have taught us in order that we can pursue God’s will. “being free” has social implications. and (2) the entire law of Moses is summed up in the commandment from Leviticus 19:18: “Love your neighbor as yourself. 3:17). 2. We get nowhere in talking about freedom until we comprehend that it is completely a work of God in our lives through Christ Jesus and in the Holy Spirit. “being free” is the result of the death of Jesus Christ: we were captive to sin and the law. slave nor free. Those who have been set free by God. Paul gives an argument that is intended to establish the truth of a specific understanding and the falsity of the contrary position. and that the Judaizers have not known. Freedom in Christ 5:13–15 What is Christian Freedom? Scot McKnight and John Stott have suggested some things about that Freedom: In our passage. Finally. Freedom is something that Christians know about. 3:13. 3:10–14. 22. Third. which he mediates to us through Christ and allows us to enjoy in the Spirit. 1:4. 4:21–31). and in the Spirit are those who live out this life of freedom by loving others (Gal 5:6. 20. through Christ. we need to observe in Paul that “being free” is personal and existential in the sense of being liberated to be what God wants us to be and to do what God wants us to do. there is freedom” (2 Cor. “Theological dimension” of freedom First. 3:13. This freedom. therefore. Freedom is being incorporated into the life of God. there is a polemical dimension to freedom. they must surrender to Christ and live in the Spirit. John 8:36).” 1. “Human dimension” of freedom Fourth. This makes them “mature sons” who have the Spirit and who can live in freedom of adults. 6 . and where the Spirit of the Lord is. 5:1. until they give up their hold on the Law of Moses. we should observe that “being free” is a relationship with God: in the presence of God we are “free” from the curse of the law (cf. Instead. 4:5). “being free” is life in the Spirit of God: “Now the Lord is the Spirit. I believe. 13) and a “sin status” (Rom. the Galatians must not submit to the law. is what supports the conclusion of Paul that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek. that Christians are able experience. but Christ’s death redeemed us from the curse of the law (2:4. Second. The Law of Moses was for a limited time (until Christ) and for a limited purpose (to reveal sin). Fifth.

Here he allows the will of God with respect to our relationship to others to be distilled down into the word “love. When one lives in the flesh. It is the love of God for us that changes us so we can serve one another in love. and each is the fulfillment of the law of Moses (and better). “flesh” is unspiritual life. or under the law of Christ (6:2). These are all the same. Paul says two things about love: (1) the Galatians are to “serve one another” in love. rather. The Flesh and the Spirit 5:16–18 To live “in the flesh” is fundamentally living outside the realm of the Spirit of God. or in the Spirit (v. 22). 13).D. and (2) the entire law of Moses is summed up in the commandment from Leviticus 19:18: “Love your neighbor as yourself. 6.” But this love of Paul is not passion. 7 .” Paul’s entire ethic can be handled in three simple expressions: the Galatians are to live in love (vv. “Flesh” is not effort necessarily (though that could be involved). one does not do what God’s Spirit wants. 17a) and the power of law (5:18). he or she escapes the power of flesh (v. those who are engaged in it recognize that flesh and Spirit are opposites. But this life of the Spirit is a battle—a battle over God’s will. When a person lives in God’s Spirit.

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One does not huddle with oneself in the morning. 11 .We see here as to how Paul depicts the Christian life. Rather. and charge onto the field of life full of self-determined direction. the life of a person who is surrendered to letting the Spirit have complete control. the Christian life is a life of consistent surrender to the Spirit. But we see here also that one does not gain this life by discipline or by mustering up the energy. gather together his or her forces. It is life in the Spirit.