The Great Restoration

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Paul discusses how spiritual Christians can restore those who are caught in sin. This sermon explores that "Great Restoration."

Paul discusses how spiritual Christians can restore those who are caught in sin. This sermon explores that "Great Restoration."

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  • 1. About half of those converted fall away.
  • 2.  What are we to do? › Scripture provides many answers. › This was a real problem in Galatia.  “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel” (Gal 1:6).  “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Gal 5:4).
  • 3. Whom Should We Restore? Galatians 6:1
  • 4.  “Overtaken in any trespass” does not refer to open rebellion. › The Greek word refers to an animal trap. › The Greek refers to something that happens as a surprise.
  • 5.  Sin often takes us by surprise. › Peter. › “Exhort one another daily, while it is called ‘Today,’ lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb 3:13).
  • 6.  Why do so many fall away? › Parable of the Sower (Mk 4).  Some have no root so that when trouble or persecution comes they fall away (vv 16-17).  Others accept the word, but the cares of this life cause them to fall away (vv 18-19).
  • 7. Who Should Restore the Fallen? Galatians 6:1
  • 8.  Who are the spiritual? › The spiritually mature.  I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1).  “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22-23).
  • 9. How Should We Restore the Fallen? Galatians 6:1
  • 10.  With gentleness. › Paul has just mentioned gentleness as part of the Spirit’s fruit (5:23). › “As the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering” (Col 3:12). › “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness” (1 Tim 6:11).
  • 11.  Look to ourselves. › “Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Cor 11:28). › “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Cor 13:5).
  • 12. Here, we’re to look at ourselves lest we also be tempted. Two important implications of that statement.
  • 13.  One: Not every spiritual person can help everyone caught in sin.  Two: Even spiritual Christians can be tempted.
  • 14. Are you spiritual or are you caught in sin?