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How Do We Live Now? (Galatians 2:15-21)

Dennis R. Wiles, August 10, 2014
Part of the PLANTED...In Fertile Ground series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Dennis R. Wiles
FBC Arlington
August 10, 2014

. . . In Fertile Ground
August 2014
How Do We Live Now?
Galatians 2:15-21

August 10-13, 2014
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August 10, 2014 Christian Ethics 101
August 11, 2014 Hot Button Issues
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August 13, 2014 You Guessed it – More Hot Button Issues

The Apostle Paul understood the difference between peripheral issues and crucial issues. Good leaders can discern what is important and can explain why.

Text: Galatians 2:15-21

What was at stake in the early church? The very nature of the Gospel itself!

The salvation of humanity is rooted in, connected to and emerges from the salvation history of the people of God.

The salvation of humanity is rooted in, connected to and emerges from a spiritual reality in Christ.

Our salvation is only in Jesus Christ!

Our identity is now in Christ.

We have died to our former way of life and we now live in Christ!

Galatians 2:15-21

15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. (ESV)