january 5 2020
In Pastor Charlie's last sermon (preached January 5th in Point and January 12th in Wausau/Merrill) the topic was Gospel-Centered Discipleship. As we walked through the book of Galatians we saw that the great tragedy of this church was that they forgot the gospel, and were trying to live the Christian life apart from the power and freedom that is found in the message of Christ Crucified. As Christians we need to constantly be reminded of what Jesus did for us, and that through faith alone we are united with him forever. As we rest and rejoice in this hope, our lives bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit, who empowers us as we trust in this Gospel.
Now, if you are reading this by yourself, stop what you are doing and ask God to direct you in how you can be reminded of this Gospel in your heart and how you can remind someone else.
Thing to discuss as you meet together:
1. Pastor Charlie discussed how when we forget the free gift of the Gospel we begin to live by self-sufficient pride or self-defeating shame and fear. In what ways do you forget the Gospel? In what ways do you forget God's love for you? In What ways do you forget your need for his life? In what ways do you forget the sufficiency of Christ Crucified. Discuss how self-sufficiency and shame are at work in your life.
2. Read Galatians 2:19-20. The law has shown us that we are failures in ourselves, and the cross shows us we are loved by him and united with him by faith. How does this truth speak to your pride and shame. Discuss
3. Challenge: Memorize Galatians 2:20 and meditate on it throughout the week.