The Fruit of Freedom - What the Gospel IS and What it's NOT
Paul wrote this letter (Galatians) to the churches in the region of Galatia, which is modern day Turkey. Paul was a Jewish man who at one time fought hard against the Christians. One day, on the road to Damascus, Paul (who was called Saul at that time) had an encounter with Jesus that changed his life! He became a follower of Christ and lived the gospel for the rest of his days. He was writing to these churches because they were perverting the message of the gospel and turning to a different gospel.
The gospel is the good news of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ
and that through faith in Him we can be forgiven and reconciled to God.
There were Jewish people then (Judaizers) that taught that Christianity was committing to Christ PLUS adopting the Jewish customs. That is wrong! There are people still today that are trying to change the gospel to be something completely different. That too is wrong!
The gospel has nothing to do with our performance. Paul writes to the legalists and the lawless that the gospel is love. It is a relationship. The gospel brings freedom. That freedom comes at a cost, and that cost was the brutal scourging and crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. Bless God that Jesus defeated death, hell, and the grave!
The gospel is JESUS + NOTHING
The gospel is NOT JESUS + anything...
To discuss today:
1. What gospel do you follow? Who do you listen to? How do you know that they are following the True Gospel of Scripture?
2. If God is immutable (unchangeable), then how should we read the Bible? Why is it important that God's Word doesn't change with the culture? How do we be salt and light in this ever-changing culture with the gospel?
3. Pray, "Father, give us wisdom to understand what the Gospel is and discernment to recognize 'false gospels' when we see them."