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In Galatians 4:3-9, we see the amazing truth that before the foundation of the world, God chose to adopt us into his family. This took his Son agreeing to come down to earth and rescue rebellious sinners by dying on the cross. This gracious God adopts us into his diverse family so that the world will know his love and so that his people might love and adopt the fatherless.
Lesson Aim: To discuss the things we are to “put on” and “put off” as imitators of Jesus and how that applies to daily living and relationships.
Lesson Aim: To learn more about God’s heart for the world and specifically the Kingdom of Swaziland.
This message is for our 2012 October Community Outreach Conference
We should strive to be quick to listen, slow to anger and slow to speak. We are called to look after widows and orphans and to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world (in the world but not of it)
In the midst of cultural challenges and interpersonal conflict as Christians, James steps in to give us guidance from the gospel of Jesus. Much of our strife comes from the recurring pull to think too highly of ourselves, to be quick to give our opinions, to even be angry in giving them at times. This creates division among people and James calls us to 'be quick to hear, slow to speak' and he encourages us to do two things 1) Listen to one another and 2) Listen to God through his gospel and scriptures. In this text James calls us to devotion to God, rather than to devotion to ourselves. He shares how we deceive ourselves and the damage it causes, and he calls us to be devoted to what God is devoted to, to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Through all of this, he calls us to remember the gospel, the implanted word, able to save our souls.
Introduction of the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not leave us orphans, God in the person of the Holy Spirit would become our counselor, dwelling inside us. We are the Temples of God where His Spirit dwells in us.
In 5:25, Paul issues a general exhortation to believers to keep in step with the Spirit. Then, in 5:26-6:10, he gives two evidences of what it looks like to keep in step with the Spirit. Specifically, Paul applies gentleness and goodness (fruit of the Spirit, vv. 22-23) and shows how they work out practically in the life of the church. These two evidences elaborate on what it looks like in daily life to love one’s neighbor (i.e., fulfill the law, 5:14). The first evidence is seen in how believers treat fellow believers who have become entrapped in sin. Paul exhorts believers to keep in step with the Spirit in order to restore sinning believers (5:26-6:5). The second evidence in which Paul reveals what it looks like to keep in step with the Spirit is seen in how believer use their money (6:6-10). Specifically, in 6:6-10, Paul exhorts believers to generously use their money in three areas. First, in v. 6, Paul exhorts believers to generously support those who teach the gospel. Second, Paul exhorts believers to generously sow to the Spirit rather than the flesh (vv. 7-9). Having begun with generosity toward teachers of the gospel, in v. 10 Paul expands the believer’s circle of responsibility to a third are where the Holy Spirit leads believers to express generosity in the use of their money. In v. 10, Paul exhorts believers give to all men but especially Christians.