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Week 2 in our Extraordinary series on Walking with the Spirit in Everyday Life. Message by Pastor Richard van Lieshout. Galatians 5:16-25


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John 1:12; Galatians 3:26-4:7; Romans 8:15-17; Ephesians 1:3-6

The Basis of Adoption
The Privileges of Adoption
The Condition for Adoption


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Nativity Service 2014.

Galatians 2:21- The fact that Christ had to die to save us means that we are utterly incapable of saving ourselves. Christmas is not merely about Jesus coming into the world as a baby Christmas is about Jesus coming into the world as a saviour! And he saves us by dying for us- the ultimate reason for his birth. Christmas cannot be celebrated in isolation- we must celebrate Christmas in the light of Easter.


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…for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus (Galatians 6:17)
Branded by the Bible
Who do we really believe?
Branded by Christs Death for us
How do I really get right with God?
Branded By Christs life in us
How do we live for him?


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Paul teaches the Galatians about the practical outworking of freedom in the Christian Community (Galatians 5:13-26)
True freedom is slavery (v16)
The Conflict: – The war within Christians between the flesh and the spirit
The Conquest: How we can win the war.


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John 16:5-15
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE WORLD (John 16:8-11)
He Convicts the world…
ABOUT SIN
ABOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS
ABOUT JUDGMENT
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE CHURCH (John 16:12-15)
THE PRIMARY MEANING OF JESUS ‘ TEACHING
THE WIDER APPLICATION OF JESUS ‘ TEACHING


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Paul encourages young Galatian congregations to stand firm in their blood bought freedom by not submitting to certain cultural/church practices and being on their guard against false teachers. These two dangers continually rob the freedom Christians should enjoy. For us today sometimes obeying God for the wrong reason can be as bad as disobeying God. In Paul ‘s mind why we obey God or comply to certain rules can be the difference between slavery and freedom. Our freedom is fragile and can so quickly be threatened and lost. Sometimes we need to be reminded to Stand Firm in our freedom and not submit to any teaching that requires us to do something or be something in order to be loved and accepted by God.

Stand Firm – Keep your Foreskin (Galatians 5:2-6)
If you submit Christ is nothing (Galatians 5:2-4)
If you believe Christ is everything (Galatians 5:5-6)?

Stand Firm – Beware of Spiritual Kidnappers (Galatians 5:7-12)
The damage false teachers do?
We teach our children to identify kidnappers so does Paul
How should false teachers be treated?