The latest message from Emmanuel Reformed Church in our ongoing series through the Book of Galatians "Freedom in Christ." In this message, Pastor Carl looks at Galatians 1:10-12 in a sermon titled "Not Man's Gospel."
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One treasure that ties our hearts to earth rather than heaven is the treasure of approval and respect from the people we consider important. Does favor in the eyes of man have a grip on your heart?
Here is the sermon series on fear of man:
The gospel sets you free from the slavery of pleasing other people. One of the most significant moments of history--Pilate's trial of Jesus--was swayed by Pilate's fear of man. And it was Jesus' conviction and enduring of Pilate's condemnation that sets Christians free from this very fear. You cannot be both a man-pleaser and a servant of Christ. Paul's boldness in the gospel clearly offends many people. His motive is clear-he wants to see the gospel rescuing lost souls, which is a far cry from people-pleasing. Rather, Paul proves himself a God-pleaser. Pleasing God frees you from pleasing everyone else. Paul's past religious life was a life of man-pleasing but that was destroyed when he apprehended the gospel. The power of knowing that God already approves of you cuts away the need to win other people's approval. There is a cost involved in throwing off the expectations of people in order to embrace the fear of the Lord. A cost that returns inestimable dividends that you can never lose.
Westminster Larger Catechism
Question 104: What are the duties required in the first commandment?
This lecture discusses the duty to be careful in all things to please God and to grieve if in anything He is offended
As the apostle Paul defends his gospel ministry, he begins by demonstrating himself to no longer be a man-pleaser but a God-pleaser, preaching a God-centered gospel. Once filled with hatred, murder and hypocrisy, Paul's encounter with Christ changed his life completely. From partaking in the murder of Christians, after his conversion, Paul now loves the brethren and manifests the fruit of the Spirit. Lastly Paul is commissioned as an apostle after spending three years with Christ in the desert.
Has your life changed? Have you spent adequate time being equipped by Christ in the desert? How and to what has Christ commissioned you?
“But if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men”. This was brought in by Christ to move His servants unto fidelity and diligence in their ministry by the danger attending the opposite. Infidelity in the ministry is like unsavoury salt: ineffectual, worthless, despicable, subject to a fearful curse. This is the great danger of the pulpit: to become menpleasers, to yield unto the demand for smooth speaking, to tickle the ears of their auditors with novelties. Such preachers become unsavoury salt, unprofitable in their ministry, failing to season souls so that they are acceptable to God. Salt is useless when it loses its virtue and acrimony. Ministers become such when through lack of prayer and continuous study they fail to increase in spiritual knowledge, or when adopting false doctrine they, preach error, or when they cease to denounce sin, or when they fail to practise what they preach.' – AW Pink