A Return to Slavery part 2

December 20, 2015 Speaker: Paul Sanders Series: Grace to You

Topic: Galatians Passage: Galatians 4:12–4:20

Galatians 4:12-20

1. Gospel ministry is culturally flexible.
2. Gospel ministry is transparent.
3. Gospel ministry looks for opportunity in the midst of pain.
4. Gospel ministry tells the truth.
5. Gospel ministry is a lot like childbirth.

Gospel ministry is culturally flexible

Good gospel ministry is transparent.

Good gospel ministry looks for opportunity in the midst of pain.

Galatians 4:14-15

Galatians 4:17

John Stott writes:

“When Christianity is seen as freedom in Christ (which it is), Christians are not in subservience to their human teachers, because their ambition is to become mature in Christ. But when Christianity is turned into rules and regulations, its victims are inevitably in subjection, tied to the apron-strings of their teachers, as in the Middle ages.”

Do you see how drastically different that is from Paul and gospel ministry?

Galatians 4:19-20

Good gospel ministry tells the truth.

Good gospel ministry is a lot like childbirth.

1. We need spiritual leaders over us.

2. We need to seek out those we are called to minister to where we live, work and play.

CS Lewis wrote:
“If you don’t want a heart broken don’t give it; wrap it up in casket of selfishness and in that casket it will stay. It will not be broken, for it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, and irredeemable.”
In other words, as Keller puts it, “The only alternative to ministry is Hell.”

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