Pleasing God: Set Apart by the Real True One (Galatians 1:6-24)

What is your primary goal in life? Is it pleasing God above all others?

How do you know the Gospel is both true and real?

Message title: Set Free & Sent Free (Galatians 1:1-10)
First week in Galatians
Scriptures: Galatians 1:6-24; 
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 10/8/17

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Family Verse:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.
—Proverbs 3:5&6

Scripture readings:

Galatians 1:6-24 (ESV)

No Other Gospel

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant[1] of Christ.

Paul Called by God

11 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel.[2] 12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. 14 And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when he who had set me apart before I was born,[3] and who called me by his grace,16 was pleased to reveal his Son to[4] me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;[5] 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother. 20 (In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God because of me.

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 1:10 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  2. Galatians 1:11 Greek not according to man
  3. Galatians 1:15 Greek set me apart from my mother’s womb
  4. Galatians 1:16 Greek in
  5. Galatians 1:16 Greek with flesh and blood


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