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“Cooperating with others who teach the gospel of Christ enhances its impact.”⇦Tweet that!
John Piper says…
Yes, but N.T. Wright says…
Uh-oh, who am I to disagree with such a heavyweight? Excuse the heck out of me!
What do we do when Christians of great reputation may disagree?
How do we answer someone who tries to stop a healthy discussion of theology or the Christian life by dropping names?
A good place to start is this week’s passage from Galatians, Galatians 2:6-10.
The point of today’s podcast and notes is clear: Never compromise the gospel of Christ, but don’t become known by what you’re against.⇦Tweet that!
The Joy of Cooperation! Be Known for What You’re For!⇦Tweet that!
Talk about pressure!
Paul’s the new apostle in town (Jerusalem) bringing a gift from the upstart church in Antioch (Acts 11:25-30). He’s trying to prove that the pillars of the church agree with his gospel of grace…
..and in walk the legalists.
“Wait a minute! Just who agrees with you?”
Paul proves that his gospel came from God by demonstrating that the pillars of the church aded nothing to his gospel while affirming his ministry to the Gentiles and his care of the poor.
6 Lessons For Today From Paul’s Meeting With the Pillars of the Church⇦Tweet that!
- Don’t compromise the gospel of Christ by adding works to grace.
- Don’t be afraid to cite other authorities.
- Don’t be intimidated by Christians of reputation. The truth of the Bible is more important than esteem and reputation in the Christian community.
- Don’t be defined by what you’re against. The unity of the church is more important than minor differences. Cooperate with other Christians and churches that have the main things and the plain things of the New Testament right.
- Don’t judge those reaching other cultures by your culture’s hang-ups but by their message and their passion to pursue their calling in Christ.
- Don’t forget the poor. The Gospel is more than a debate; it’s a way of life. It’s not only important to defend the truth of the Gospel, but it’s also important to live out the truth of the Gospel.
The Bottom Line: Don’t Compromise the Gospel, But Don’t Be Known for What You’re Against!
In my extended notes in the free online commentary of on Galatians, you can read with meticulous detail how Paul always put the gospel first. I hope you’ll listen to the podcast and refer to the free online commentary of on Galatians. I’m sure it will generate questions that I’d love to help you think through.
Question: When do you find it most difficult to hold your tongue to keep from becoming known as that Christian who is always against everything?