Pastor Peter Mason - October 1, 2017

Relying on Christ

God’s Big Plan, for our lives today

Relying on Christ    Galatians 2:20

Introduction to the Lord’s Supper: Galatians 3:23-26 and 4:4-6
The Lawdoes NOT save us
Instead, The Law Does . . .
  • Reveal our sin and
  • demand judgment for sin (2:19)
By faith in Christ, we . . .
  • died to the Law
  • were saved by faith in Christ alone
  • were adopted to say, “Abba, Father . . .”

I. Crucified with Christ:“I have been crucified with Christ.”
  a. By faith in Christ, we died to the Law and He freed us from the
   i. PENALTY for SIN—the judgment for sin
   ii. POWER of SIN—the bondage of sin.
  b. Application
   i. Are we claiming victory over sin day by day?
   ii. God offers more than eternal deliverance from sin but wants us to experience it day by day.
   “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

II. Submission to Christ: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

Not I . . .
Not the way that is easiest for me, but pleasing to the LORD

Not I, but Christ . . .
The new life is in Christ, by His Spirit, living in us.
  • Submitting—This means having a new center—placing Christ’s will over our own will. How would Jesus respond? WWJD
  • Seeking Christ’s enablement by His Spirit.
  • Seeing life from Christ’s perspective.
Application Are we living life based on Christ’s enablement and for His glory? According to Galatians 3:1-14, faith is to find our right standing before God in Christ’s goodness and not our own (see also Ephesians 2:8-10).
Faith is not wishing something is true, it is trusting in One who has demonstrated that He is worthy of our trust.
Faith is relying on God. God-dependence begins when self-dependence ends. And, self-dependence only comes to its end, with some of us, when sorrow, suffering, affliction, broken plans and hopes bring us to that place of self-helplessness and defeat (James McConkey).
IV. Motivated by Christ: “… who loved me and gave myself for me.”
  • What motivates the world?
  • What motivates the follower of Christ?

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