JESUS = UNIQUE: Galatians 1:6-9

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SCRIPTURE

Galatians 1:6-9 
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

BIG IDEA 

The one true gospel is unique for at least two reasons: 1) Because it’s origin is not in man, but in God. Paul says “Him who called you in the grace of Christ” because it’s not we who call God into our lives; He calls us into His life. 2) Because it says that our acceptance before God is based sheerly on His grace, not our works. This is good news for us! And this is exactly why Paul is “astonished” that the Galatians were “deserting” this for a “another gospel”—a false gospel. Trouble-makers had influenced the Galatians by communicating this message: I obey, therefore I am accepted by God. But that is the complete opposite order of the gospel, which says God accepts me fully in Jesus, therefore I obey. The order matters. Our good works don’t produce God’s approval. Rather, God’s gracious approval of us in Christ produces our good works. There are many who “distort the gospel of Christ” today, just like these trouble-makers did in Paul’s, but all of their messages are essentially the same—Jesus + something = everything. But to change the gospel is to lose the gospel entirely. In addition, to change the gospel message invokes a curse upon those who preach it, as Paul says, “let them be accursed” (eternally condemned). We must hold fast to the message of the one true gospel as delivered to us in the Bible: Jesus + nothing = everything. The good news is that we are justified before God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.

DISCUSSION 

1. Was there anything from the sermon, the big idea, or Galatians 1:6-9 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?

The one true gospel is unique for at least two reasons: 1) Because it’s origin is not in man, but in God. Paul says “Him who called you in the grace of Christ” because it’s not we who call God into our lives; He calls us into His life. 2) Because it says that our acceptance before God is based sheerly on His grace, not our works.

2. How does the one true gospel bring joy to your heart? Can you remember a specific time that you were overcome with joy in the gospel?

There are many who distort the gospel today, just like these trouble-makers did in Paul’s, but all of their messages are essentially the same—Jesus + something = everything. But to change the gospel is to lose the gospel entirely.

3. How do people change or add to the gospel message today? What does Paul say to those who change or distort the gospel message?

To change the gospel message invokes a curse upon those who preach it, as Paul says, “let them be accursed” (eternally condemned). 

4. Why do we sometimes not react to false gospels in the same way as Paul did?

GOOD WORD 

You don’t need to clean yourself up to be saved by Jesus; you just need to be dirty and trust Him to make you clean by His cross and resurrection! Jesus will start cleaning you up and you will actually desire to obey God because you will want to please the One who saved you by grace. Joy to us. Glory to God!

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