(Inspired by Pastor Dave Bowman of New Horizon Church)
Galatians 1:3-9; 2:20
1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 15:1-4
2 Corinthians 5:21
The price tag does not determine the value of any relationship between two or more people.
Sometimes if we are not careful, we can ask ourselves:
What if I looked better?
What if I had a better reputation?
Am I smart enough?
Am I cool enough?
The what-if's? and the am-I's? can get you in trouble with regard to your self-esteem. Be careful!
The society often says “value=love.” God reverses that equation to say “love=value.” What’s the difference? It’s this: we are not loved by God because we are valuable; we are valuable because we are loved by God!
Christianity is about the Gospel of grace. It’s the grace from God the Father through the Son, Christ Jesus.
We have grace and peace from God, and from our Lord Jesus Christ. We also have peace with ourselves, and we have peace with others.
Don’t trade the Gospel of Grace for rules, regulations, and rituals.
1) Remember where our value comes from.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (The price was Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross.)
“It matters what we think about God. It infinitely matters what God thinks about us.” C. S. Lewis
Christ died for us even when were still the enemies of God! That is LOVE!
2) Keep the good news good.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
It is important that we’re reminded of the Gospel. It’s our only hope. We are reminded of God’s love for us.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Personal side-note: Jesus didn’t come to make us “nice people,” as some people say. He came to make dead people live.
Jesus authenticates the Bible.
Let us never embrace a perverted Gospel, “which is not another” in all actuality (Galatians 1:6-7)
Think about deluded/polluted water. Would you want to drink that? NO!
Example of perverted Gospel: “You can trust in Jesus, but you have to get physically circumcised as well.” (perverted Gospel formula = Jesus + something else)
3) Live in the truth that Jesus is enough. (Galatians 2:20-21)
2 Corinthians 5:21
Doing the religious rituals never has been enough, and they never will be enough because they were never meant to be enough for us in the first place.
The grace that saves us is the same grace that keeps us.
Remember that in God’s eyes, you are valuable.
1 - Remember where our value comes from.
2 - Keep the good news good.
3 - Live in the truth that Jesus is enough.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.