Church of the Open Door

The Gospel’s Impact on the Minister and his Message by Dr. Glenn Jago

Galatians 1:1-10

Our life, as a believer, seems to pass through many seasons of strength and weakness, which at times may trigger, in us, either encouragement or discouragement. What will we do when facing our season of weakness? Will we seek for something more or will we be driven deeper into trusting the sufficiency of Jesus Christ? Our answer, unfortunately, will become the fuel we will pursue in order to offset the weakness and its accompanying discouragement. Either the Gospel impacts us or we need to seek for more resources.

Paul is writing to new believers who, like us, may have become intimidated by an elite group of self-righteous agitators. These agitators are seeking to convince believers that the weakness is due to the lack of spiritual resources that can only be reversed by supplementing grace with accomplishment. This erroneous thinking is extremely dangerous, unless we are living deeply rooted in the Gospel because the Gospel definitely impacts our thinking and practice.

The minister:

  1. Does not deny grace – Galatians 1:1-5
  2. Does not distort the Gospel – Galatians 1:6-9
  • Does not dethrone Christ – Galatians 1:10

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