Topic: Galatians Passage: Galatians 1:1–1:5
Wesley said, “There came such a power over me as I cannot well describe. My great burden fell off in an instant. My heart was so filled with peace and love that I burst into tears. I almost thought I saw my Savior. My companions perceiving me so effected, fell on their knees and prayed and when afterwards I went into the street, I could scarcely feel the ground I trod upon.”
Right doctrine is critical for right belief and right belief critical for right living.
A messenger sent forth
An apostle is one who is sent off to do something as another’s representative, with credentials furnished.
The validity and permanence of the doctrine and gospel he proclaimed depends upon his Apostolic authority
That definite standard is the Word of God, inspired by God and wrote for us through His prophets and Apostles.
Do you take the OT and NT as your authority for faith and life?
Is God’s Word your standard to measure all systems of thought, belief and practice?
The true gospel of grace is neither legalistic nor licentious
Paul’s Purpose: To preserve the message delivered to him: Jesus Christ, Only Savior of Sinnners
Luther realized this gospel: He said, “You need one thing to be saved: NOTHING!”
“The only way you become a Christian is NOT by pointing to your qualifications but by admitting you have no qualifications which is the only qualification and until you admit you have no qualifications, you are not qualified.”
The Motive: The glory of God forever and ever.