The Gospel of Fellowship

Text: Galatians 6:1-17

This is the sixth and final lesson examining the gospel from the book of Galatians. This lesson will focus on how fellowship fits into the message of the gospel.

The Announcement

  • Whatever a man sows, this he will reap (Galatians 6:7) – there are consequences for our actions (Hosea 8:7); even non-Christians understand this; the particular application in this context is about fellowship (Galatians 6:1-2, 6); focusing on proper fellowship will pay dividends
  • We are a new creation (Galatians 6:15) – new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17); in the likeness of God (Ephesians 4:24); become a new creation in Christ through baptism (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3); background is irrelevant (Galatians 2:9; Acts 10:34-35)
  • Each one will bear his own load (Galatians 6:5) – we must take personal responsibility for our actions (John 21:22); we are individually accountable to God (Ezekiel 18:20; 2 Corinthians 5:10); we cannot blame others for our failings (Genesis 3:11-13); we do not have to choose what others choose (Joshua 24:15)

The Instruction

  • Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:1-2) – we are individually accountable, but we still have a responsibility to others (Romans 12:4); we are to help lead others out of sin (James 5:19-20); in order to do this, we must be “spiritual” (Galatians 6:1); this means to walk by and be led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 18)
  • Share all good things with the one who teaches (Galatians 6:6) – Paul made the point that preachers ought to be supported (1 Corinthians 9:14); we typically apply this to churches (2 Corinthians 11:8), but it is also an individual responsibility; we should support those who teach in whatever capacity that can be done
  • Do good to all people (Galatians 6:10) – we are to help those who are in need (Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 4:28); as individuals, we can help all people; congregations are limited to helping saints (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 11:29; Romans 15:26; 2 Corinthians 8:4; 9:12); while we can help anyone, we should pay particular attention to our brethren

The Warning

  • Do not be deceived (Galatians 6:7) – it is possible that we can be fooled (cf. Galatians 3:1); God is not mocked; we will not outsmart God and His word will not fail (Isaiah 55:8-11); we will reap what we sow spiritually as there will be less people to share our burden (Galatians 6:1-2) and less people to teach the truth (Galatians 6:6)
  • Do not grow weary (Galatians 6:9) – the life of a Christian is not a sprint, but a marathon (Hebrews 12:1); we will reap in due time if we do not grow weary; be faithful until death (Revelation 2:10)
  • Do not boast except in the cross (Galatians 6:14) – we are often tempted to boast in what we have done; not to boast in anything except in the cross of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:27-2:2); we boast in the cross by being crucified to the world (Galatians 2:20; cf. John 14:30-31)

Conclusion

  • The gospel teaches that Jesus came to save us – we are individually accountable
  • But we must also remember that we are in this together – we must help and encourage one another to serve Him

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