Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dealing with People, When You See Someone Sinning (Gal. 6.1-10; 2.11-21; Matt. 7.1-5)

Scripture: Galatians 6.1-10; 2.11-21; Matt. 7.1-5
Translation: Gal. 6.1Brother and sisters, if a person also gets overtaken by some violation, you Spirit-filled people, restore that kind of person by the Spirit of humility, watching yourself, so that you don’t get tempted. 2Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will truly fulfill the law of Christ. 3Because if someone thinks that he is something even though he’s nothing, he tricks himself. 4And each person had better prove the quality of his own action, and then he will have only the boast for himself and not for someone else. 5Because each person will carry his own load. 6And the person who is being taught the message had better share all good things with the teacher. 7Don’t be deceived, God is not treated with contempt, because whatever a person sows, this he will also reap. 8Because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap destruction from the flesh. But the person who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9And we shouldn’t get discouraged while doing what is good, because in His own time we will reap assuming we don’t give up. 10So then, as we have time, we should do what’s good for all people, and especially for the members of the household of the faith.
Gal. 2.11When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because He was guilty. 12You see, before some people from James came, he ate with gentiles. But when they came, he was withdrawing and separating himself, because he was scared of those of the circumcision. 13And the rest of the Jews acted like hypocrites with him, such that even Barnabas was lead away into their hypocrisy. 14But when I saw that they were not walking rightly towards the truth of the Gospel, I said to Cephas in front of everybody, “If you, who really are Jewish, will live like a gentile and not like a Jew, how will you force the gentiles to live like jews. 15We’re naturally Jewish and not sinners from the gentiles! 16we know that a person is not made righteous by works of law, except by the faith in Jesus Christ, and we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we could be made righteous by the faith in Jesus and not by works of law, because all flesh is not made righteous by works of law. 17And if by seeking to be made righteous in Christ we have been found also ourselves as sinners, then is Christ a servant of sin? No way! 18because if what things I destroy I again build these things up, I show myself to be a violator. 19for I died to law through law, so that I will live for God! I really have been crucified with Christ. 20And I don’t live any more, but Christ lives in me! And what I now live in flesh, I live in faith in the Son of God, who loves me and who gave Himself for me! 21I will not nullify the grace of God, because if righteousness was through law, then Christ died pointlessly.
Matt. 7.1Don’t judge, 2because by what judgment you judge, you will be judged. And with what measure you measure, it will be measured to you. 3And why do you see the splinter that is in your brother’s eye, and not notice the 2x4 in your eye? 4Or how do you say to your brother, “Let me. I will throw out the splinter from your eye”—and look, the 2x4 is in your eye!? 5Hypocrite! First throw out the 2x4 from your eye, and then you will see clearly to throw out the splinter from your brother’s eye!

1.      Structure
a.       Galatians 6.1-10
                                                              i.      Helping others do good
                                                            ii.      Helping others in general
                                                          iii.      Helping ministry workers in particular
                                                          iv.      Underlying motivation for doing good
1.      God will not be mocked
2.      Plant sin, harvest death and destruction
3.      Plant for the Spirit, harvest eternal life
4.      The harvest is sure if we don’t give up
                                                            v.      So do good to all people, especially Christians
b.      Galatians 2.11-21
                                                              i.      Paul Confronts Peter’s Sin in Public (2.11-14)
                                                            ii.      The True Gospel Lived Out (2.15-21)
c.       Matthew 7.1-5
                                                              i.      Don’t Judge
1.      Because you will have to live up to your own standards
                                                            ii.      Deal with your own stuff first, then help others out
1.      You see a splinter in someone else’s eye but don’t know you have a 2x4 in your own eye
2.      You offer to help, when you need help
3.      Deal with your own stuff first, then you will be able to help others
2.      Themes
a.       Gal 6.1-10
                                                              i.      Doing good
                                                            ii.      Confronting sin
                                                          iii.      Humility
                                                          iv.      Love
                                                            v.      Spirit-ledness
                                                          vi.      Not giving up
                                                        vii.      Carrying each other’s burdens
                                                      viii.      Sowing and reaping
                                                          ix.      Death vs. life
b.      Gal. 2.11-21
                                                              i.      Confrontation
                                                            ii.      Hypocrisy
                                                          iii.      Legalism
                                                          iv.      Justification
                                                            v.      Trusting in Jesus
                                                          vi.      Union with Christ
c.       Matt. 7.1-5
                                                              i.      Judging
                                                            ii.      Hypocrisy
                                                          iii.      Others vs. you
3.      Doctrines
a.       Don’t be a hypocrite
b.      Christians should help each other
c.       Confront sin

a.       When you see someone sinning, confront them using this practical process
                                                              i.      Step 1: Check your heart and life
1.      Check 1: Is there glaring sin in your own life that you haven’t dealt with?
a.       If yes, deal with it first then go to Check 2
b.      If no, go to Check 2
c.       Regarding judging,
                                                                                                                                      i.      Jesus is warning us that whatever expectations we place on someone else, God will place on us, so we should be careful when we judge others
                                                                                                                                    ii.      Jesus is telling us not to be hypocritical when we are making judgments
                                                                                                                                  iii.      Jesus is not telling us never to make moral evaluations
1.      Firstly, his own teaching ends with deal with your sin, then the other person’s sin
2.      Secondly, Paul tells us to help a brother or sister in sin
3.      So, what Jesus clearly means is not that we can’t or shouldn’t say that something isn’t bad, but that we should live up to our own expectations of others as well as not have a condescending or arrogant or holier-than-thou attitude when we make moral evaluations
2.      Check 2: Is there the fruit of the Spirit proving the presence of the Spirit in Your life? (i.e. love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith/faithfulness, humility, self-control)
a.       If yes, go to Check 3
b.      If no, get it and then go to Check 3
3.      Check 3: Is your heart and attitude right towards the person and the situation?
a.       If yes, go to Step 2
b.      In no, get it right, then go to Step 2
                                                            ii.      Step 2: Confront the person,
1.      Rely on the Holy Spirit
2.      Be humble
3.      Watch out and make sure you don’t end up in sin with them or another sin
b.      When you see someone sinning, confront them because
                                                              i.      It is how you glorify and obey Jesus
                                                            ii.      Because no one is too important to not get involved
                                                          iii.      We should help each other with what they are struggling with in life as a fulfillment of love
                                                          iv.      Because people who sin and live for sin will be destroyed for sure
1.      The person in sin who we should care about
2.      And ourselves
                                                            v.      Because people who live in the Spirit and for the Spirit will get eternal life for sure
                                                          vi.      Because we should not grow tired of doing good, because our reward for it is sure
                                                        vii.      Because we should do good to everyone, and especially other believers

                                                      viii.      Because ultimately in the Christian family is a family issue, a family issue that can undermine our commitment to the True Gospel, and one can have destructive impact on the family as a whole

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