Galatians: How to Live in Freedom
GALATIANS: HOW TO LIVE IN FREEDOM

Part 4 – Freed from Being A People Pleaser
Galatians 2:11-16

September 22, 2019
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

INTRODUCTION

Galatians 2:11  But when Peter came to Antioch, I (the Apostle Paul) had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong.

 

1. THE BACK STORY TO THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN PETER AND PAUL.

A. God wants the good news of Jesus Christ to reach the entire world and bring all of mankind to Himself.  That meant that the simple gospel of Christ – that salvation through faith in Christ alone – was for everyone, Jews and Gentiles alike.

B. Antioch was the largest and most influential Gentile church in existence at this point in the 1st century.

C. Galatians 2:12-13  When Peter first arrived, he ate with the Gentile Christians, who were not circumcised.  But afterward, when some friends of James came, Peter wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore. He was afraid of criticism from these people who insisted on the necessity of circumcision.  13  As a result, other Jewish Christians followed Peter’s hypocrisy, and even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. (NLT)

D. Galatians 2:11, 14-16  But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong.  14 When I saw that they were not following the truth of the gospel message, I said to Peter in front of all the others, “Since you, a Jew by birth, have discarded the Jewish laws and are living like a Gentile, why are you now trying to make these Gentiles follow the Jewish traditions?  15 You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles.  16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, NOT by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.” (NLT)   

E. We are saved by faith in Jesus Christ alone and not by following a list of Old Testament rules and laws or anyone else’s rules and regulations.  We cannot earn our way to heaven.  There is only one way to God and that is through faith in Jesus, the Messiah, as our savior.

 

2. BE A LOVING PERSON BUT NOT A “PEOPLE PLEASER”.

A. Galatians 1:10  Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. (NLT)

B. A “people pleaser” is a person who will compromise an important principle or give in to a wrong action just to get along with others.

C. To be a follower of Christ and live by a right kind of life we must be willing to stand for right even if we have to stand alone.

D. It is not enough to teach our children right and wrong.  It is also necessary to teach them how to stand for what is right even if all their friends go the other direction. It is about courage and character.

 

3. THE FEAR OF REJECTION CAN MAKE US A “PEOPLE PLEASER”.

A. Proverbs 29:25  The fear of others is a trap.

B. When a person begins worrying more about what other people think than what God thinks, that person is becoming entrapped.

C. We must adopt values and truths that are based upon the Bible.  What does God say is right and is wrong?

D. Learning how to stand for right even if you have to stand alone is the one of the greatest and most important lessons you will ever learn in life.  It can also hurt.

 

4. TRYING TO BE SOMEONE YOU ARE NOT CAN TURN YOU INTO A “PEOPLE PLEASER”.

A. 2 Corinthians 10:12  We do not dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves.  While they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves they are not wise.

B. Galatians 6:4  Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. (NLT)

C. John 8:32, 36  You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.  36 So if the Son of God sets you free, you are free indeed!  (Jesus)  (NASB)