The Freedom FighterDr. Warren W. Wiersbe | September 18, 1977
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In Galatians 2, Paul addresses two threats to a believer’s freedom in Christ. These threats are often found inside the church, not outside of it.
Freedom is not free. Spiritual freedom cost Jesus His life. Pastor Wiersbe reminds us that it takes courage to maintain this freedom.
Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.
Freedom is not free. Freedom always costs someone something.
Spiritual freedom cost Jesus His life.
It takes courage to maintain freedom.
Two enemies that are a constant threat to our freedom in Christ:
- The false brother who comes in with a false salvation (Galatians 2:1-10).
- Paul, Peter, and James agree that Gentiles do not need to do anything else to be saved.
- The only way to be saved is through faith in Jesus Christ.
- The Bible says to beware of false prophets that will pull believers away from the truth.
- The fearful brother who goes out with a false separation (Galatians 2:11-21).
- The Bible says that believers are to be separated from sin and the practices of this world.
- The problem is not what our relationship is with non-believers, but what our relationship is with other believers.
- People judge your separation from the world by who your friends are.
- If you try to please people, you will never make it.
- Peter relapsed in the face of legalistic Christians.
- Peter’s relapsed caused others to stumble after him.
- Most churches today split over personality and minor issues.
- If you’re going to be separated, make sure your separation is based on the Bible, not the fear of man or tradition.
- Paul restated the unification of the church and justification by faith.
- A false separation denies the truth of the Gospel.
- Look the unsaved as people Jesus died for. Look at believers as someone Jesus lives in. Then you will be able to love them better.
Our enemies are often inside the church, not outside of it.
Peter was a great preacher, but a great man can still be wrong.
Dare to believe in freedom from the law.