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Mar 25, 2018

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Passage: Galatians 5:26-6:5

Speaker: Brian Land

Series: Galatians

Category: Grace Brevard

Keywords: community, confession, forgiveness, help, hope, repentance

Our souls are desperately hungry for glory, weight, value and meaning. In our emptiness we bounce between 1) “consuming” others as we use them to fill our hearts, and 2) realizing our desperate predicament and becoming hopeless. But in Christ we can simultaneously own our utter need as well as our utter completeness. Our conceited hearts are replaced with Jesus-satisfied hearts, allowing us to engage in loving relationships rather than ones wrought with self-centered neediness. This allows us to challenge others and be challenged; give ourselves away as well as receive help. All because 1) every single one of us is in the exact same need of Jesus, decimating all arrogance, and 2) through Jesus’ sacrifice we’ve been adopted into royalty and given his irrevocable and incalculable value and glory.

WorSHIP Order

Call To Worship: Ephesians 2:4-10 ESV


Come As You Are

Blessed Be Your Name

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Lamb of God 


Prayer: Resting on God (adapted from The Valley of Vision)

LEADER: O Most High and Glorious God, The world is before us each day and we are weak and distressed. But in You we are firm as the eternal hills.

ALL: Your arm to support. Strength to stand. Light to see. Your presence alone brings peace.

LEADER: Let the weeds that grow in our hearts be cut at their roots.  Abide in us, O gracious God and comfort our hearts with the work of Christ.

ALL: His obedience for our lawlessness. His righteousness for our dead works. His suffering for our peace. His Resurrection for new life

LEADER: Holy Spirit, Grant us each day to know Your living Word and work in us the image of Jesus. Amen.

Central Text: Galatians 5:26 - 6:1-5

5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.

Sermon Slides


Response: Philippians 2:5-11 (followed by communion)

Benediction: Doxology

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

Praise Him, all creatures here below

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


Related Scriptures:

Philippians 2:1-11

1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Discussion Questions

  1.  What in life makes you feel significant (and insignificant)? What happens when one of your main “significance building blocks” crumbles?
  2. Explain how arrogance isn’t just acting like your are “the greatest” but being self-consumed, which can manifest itself in a superiority complex as well as an inferiority complex?
  3. Explain this saying: “Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less”
  4. Read Philippians 2:5-11. How is it that Jesus emptied himself of glory so that we can be totally glory-satisfied? How can being soul-satisfied free us in our relationships (and how we try to get others to satisfy us)?
  5. What does it mean to be “caught” in a sin? How and why is this soul-devestating?
  6. What do we have to know/believe about ourselves the Gospel and the “corrector” when one of our sins is pointed out?
  7. What is Paul talking about when he refers to other people’s “burdens” in verse 2? When have you needed somebody to carry one of your burdens? From 1-10, how hard is it for you to receive help? How hard is it to give help? Why?
  8. What must happen in your heart to be able to help carry another’s burdens?
  9. How does this passage invite us to a very different way of living, based on our standing with God rather than on our comparison with those around us?

Docs & Quotes:

  • Confronting and Repenting - Scott Sauls
  • The Spirit-led person should correct a sinner gently and meekly. He must not be inflexible, angry or aggrieved in his desire to correct him. He should stir him up with the promise of salvation, promising remission and bringing forth the testimony of Christ.” - Jerome, 4th c. Church Father
  • “Paul writes that if anyone is ‘caught’ in a transgression, those who are ‘spiritual’ should restore him (Galatians 6:1). If a person is caught in a transgression, it means he has actually been overtaken by a sin. It now controls him and, if he is to be freed of it, he will need outside intervention.”  ~Scott Sauls


The Law of Christ: Bearing Each Other’s Burdens by John Piper

Galatians 6:1-5

Boasting in Nothing Except the Cross by Tim Keller

Galatians 6

All of Grace by Charles H. Spurgeon

Ephesians 2:8


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