March 5, 2023
Pastor Ricky Smith
Jesus did what the Law could not.
I. Freed Us from the Law
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.
II. Made Us Sons and Daughters
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
III. Made Us New
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
IV. United Us into One Family
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
- I confess my sin and trust Jesus as my King.
- I commit to obey Christ by following His example of baptism
- I desire to join this faith family through the membership process.
- How does our salvation connect us to the body of Christ at large?
- Read Galatians 3:28-29. What does it mean that we are all one in Christ?
- How can the church better reflect a spirit of unity even when we may disagree?
- Have you ever given in to a guilt trip?
- Should your godly behavior be motivated by guilt?
- Read 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 and discuss how we can live free from guilt.