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Welcome…………….Gilbert Thurston
Music……………..North Point Church
Every Beat
Offering & Announcements
Music………Various Worship Teams

Echo– Elevation Church
Yes I Will– Vertical Worship
No Longer Slaves- Bethel Music
Message……………..Gilbert Thurston
Gospel Freedom
Music……………………..Jesus Culture 
Freedom
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Gospel Freedom - August 18, 2019

James, Peter, and John, who were known as pillars of the church, recognized the gift God had given me, and they accepted Barnabas and me as their co-workers. They encouraged us to keep preaching to the Gentiles, while they continued their work with the Jews.   Their only suggestion was that we keep on helping the poor, which I have always been eager to do.

Later, when Peter came to Antioch, I had a face-to-face confrontation with him because he was clearly out of line. When Peter first arrived, he ate with the Gentile Christians who don’t bother with circumcision and the many other Jewish laws. But afterwards, when some Jewish friends of James came, he wouldn’t eat with the Gentiles anymore because he was afraid of what these Jewish legalists, who insisted that circumcision was necessary for salvation, would say; and then all the other Jewish Christians and even Barnabas became hypocrites too, following Peter’s example, though they certainly knew better. When I saw what was happening and that they weren’t being honest about what they really believed and weren’t following the truth of the Gospel, I corrected Peter in front of everyone.

I said to Peter, “Though you are a Jew by birth, you have long since discarded the Jewish laws; so why, all of a sudden, are you trying to make these Gentiles obey them? You and I are Jews by birth, not mere Gentile sinners, and yet we Jewish Christians know very well that we cannot become right with God by obeying our Jewish laws but only by faith in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And so we, too, have trusted Jesus Christ, that we might be accepted by God because of faith—and not because we have obeyed the Jewish laws. For no one will ever be saved by obeying them.”

-Galatians 2:9-16

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live I live by believing in Jesus, who loved me and took the punishment for my sins. I don’t reject God’s kindness. If we receive God’s approval by obeying laws, then Christ’s death was meaningless.

-Galatians 2:20-21

1. The pride of .

No one who has faith will be disappointed, no matter if that person is a Jew or a Gentile. There is only one Lord, and he is generous to everyone who asks for his help. All who call out to the Lord will be saved.

-Romans 10:11-13

When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew, in order to win the Jews to Christ.

-1 Corinthians 9:20

2. The pride of and .

3. The pride of .

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. How well do you usually deal with conflict? What is the typical result?
2. Gilbert talked about 4 forms of pride. which one do you struggle with the most? Why? What do you need to do about it?
3. Why is your identity in Christ the most important one you should have? How are you doing in this area? What needs to change or improve?
4. What is your next step as a result of this message?