GALATIANS: HOW TO LIVE IN FREEDOM
Part 3 – The Power of Affirmation
September 15, 2019
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor
1. THE MAKE OR BREAK MOMENT OF CHRISTIANITY. (Galatians 2:1-10)
A. The early church of Jewish believers wondered: How do we reach people who are not Jewish?
1. How do we get past our 1st century Jewish upbringing of rejection toward non-Jews and actually love these Gentiles?
2. Do Gentiles have to first convert to Judaism to accept the Jewish Messiah and be saved?
B. Luke 24:32 Didn’t our hearts burn within us as He talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us? (NLT)
C. What was affirmed that day is that people are saved by faith in Jesus Christ alone and nothing else.
D. We, as gentiles, are gathered in this room today as Christ followers because on that day, led by the Holy Spirit of God, those early Jewish Christ followers got it right.
2. THE MOST IMPORTANT AFFIRMATION COMES FROM GOD NOT PEOPLE.
A. Galatians 2:8 For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me (Paul) as an apostle to the Gentiles.
B. Galatians 1:11-12 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
C. The most powerful affirmation you can ever receive about you is what God has to say to you and about you through His Word.
D. Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. (NKJV)
3. AFFIRMATION FROM OTHERS ALSO MATTERS.
A. Galatians 2:7 On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised.
B. Galatians 2:9 In fact, James, Peter, and John, who were known as pillars of the church, recognized the gift God had given me, and they accepted Barnabas and me as their co-workers. They encouraged us to keep preaching to the Gentiles, while they continued their work with the Jews.. (NLT2)
C. Affirming someone is to strengthen them by recognizing and verbalizing what they may or may not yet see.
D. Three important rules for effective encouragers:
1. Affirmation must be sincere.
2. Affirmation must be specific.
3. Affirmation must be shared.
4. AFFIRMATION ONLY MATTERS IF YOU ACCEPT IT.
Galatians 1:23-24 They simply kept hearing: “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God because of me.