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Branded But Not Bound

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | December 4, 1977

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Just as Paul encouraged the Galatians to evaluate their ministry, so should we. We need to recognize the difference between a grace-filled ministry that glorifies God and a legalistic ministry.

What do our ministries look like today? Pastor Wiersbe walks us through the tests Paul presented to evaluate our ministry to others.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

Paul encourages the Galatians to evaluate their ministry.

Four question we can ask when evaluating our ministry:

-       Is our ministry motivated by the glory of God? (Galatians 6:11-14)

  • The question is not “what are you doing?” but “why are you doing it?”
  • Motives are important because God sees the heart.
  • The heart determines the quality of a ministry.
  • Only God can judge motives.
  • The motive of legalists is to play a show before men.
  • There’s a big difference between building a church and building a crowd.
  • Don’t get caught in the snare of statistics.
  • Any ministry that is not motivated by the glory of God doesn’t deserve support.
  • A ministry that is motivated by the glory of God focuses on the cross.
  • We know the glory of the cross because we know the power of the cross.

-       Is our ministry ministered by the Spirit of God? (Galatians 6:15-16)

  • Jesus is the head of the new creation.
  • In the new creation we don’t look at people from a material point of view.
  • There is no difference between a rich man getting saved or a poor man getting saved.
  • In the new creation all believers are one in Jesus Christ.
  • Every conversion is a miracle of the grace of God.
  • God measures us by our walk.
  • Where the Spirit of God is at work there is a good walk in grace.

-       Is our ministry marked by the suffering of God? (Galatians 6:17)

  • How much have you suffered for Jesus sake?
  • Paul was marked as a criminal.
  • Paul was not only willing to sacrifice his life, time, and money for Jesus, Paul laid his reputation at the feet of Jesus.
  • Whatever you worship and serve will brand you.

-       Does our ministry magnify the grace of God? (Galatians 6:18)

  • Paul magnified God’s grace because he was saved by grace.
  • Paul served and suffered by grace.
  • Any ministry that does not magnify the grace of God is a legalistic ministry.

The difference between a Christian job and ministry is that ministry costs something.

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