JESUS = OUR UNITY: Galatians 2:1-10

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SCRIPTURE

Galatians 2:1-10 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

BIG IDEA 

In Galatians 2:1-10, we see at least three ways that Jesus unites us. First of all, Jesus unites us in freedom. In Christ, we are set free from the weight of our sins because He died in our place for our forgiveness. But we are also set free from the weight of our performance because He lived a sinless life so that we would be counted righteous. This is true freedom! And to say that we are saved by our works in any way, is to try and bring people in slavery. Secondly, Jesus unites us in mission. We are not saved by grace to sit around and do nothing. Rather, we are saved to unite in mission with Jesus and others Christians to love people and tell them the gospel so they may be set free. Thirdly, Jesus unites us in generosity. Jesus changes us cosmically and practically. Cosmically, by changing our identity from sinner to child of God, and practically, by changing us from being a taker to a giver. Jesus makes us generous. The more we know Him and enjoy His grace, the more we will want to extend that grace to others especially through giving.

DISCUSSION 

1. Was there anything from the sermon, the big idea, or Galatians 2:1-10 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?

Jesus unites us in freedom. In Christ, we are set free from the weight of our sins because He died in our place for our forgiveness. But we are also set free from the weight of our performance because He lived a sinless life so that we would be counted righteous. This is true freedom!

2. Why was the Jerusalem leaders’ decision about Titus so significant? If they had agreed with these “false brothers” and made the opposite decision, how would “the truth of the gospel” have been lost?

To say that we are saved by our works in any way, is to try and bring people into slavery (see verse 4).

3. In what ways does the gospel give people freedom that “earn-your-salvation” religions don’t?

Jesus unites us in mission. We are not saved by grace to sit around and do nothing. Rather, we are saved to unite in mission with Jesus and others Christians to love people and tell them the gospel so they may be set free.

4.  What would have happened if these first Christians would have sat around and done nothing and called that “freedom in Christ”? How are you seeking to be united with other Christians in serving people and sharing the gospel?

Jesus makes us generous. The more we know Him and enjoy His grace, the more we will want to extend that grace to others especially through giving.

5. How does this challenge you individually, and as a local church?

GOOD WORD 

When you see and trust that Jesus fulfilled the Law for you, you are free. You can get off the treadmill of performance. Because your acceptance with God is not based on your performance, but on Christ’s. Only when you see that, will you ever start to obey God as you should—out of grateful joy.

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