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September 24, 2017 - Our Shared Life - Galatians 6:1-5

posted Sep 25, 2017, 1:13 PM by Grant Garber   [ updated Oct 25, 2017, 11:44 AM ]
  • The Christian walk is a shared journey. We don’t walk alone; others walk with us.
  • In our shared life….
    • We “carry each other’s burdens”.
    • We learn to listen to each other.
    • We are available to each other in love.
  • Self-understanding, self-appreciation and self-affirmation are marks of authentic Christian faith.
    • The truly humble know who they are; they know their strengths as well as their weaknesses.
  • There are some duties and tasks which we alone can perform, for which we alone must accept responsibility.
    • In this context the “load” we must bear on our own is the job of self-examination and self-correction.
    • We must never measure ourselves against other Christians.
  • At the heart of our shared life is the ministry of spiritual support, guidance and restoration.
    • We are all vulnerable. Any of us may slip.
    • Within our shared life we make judgments of each other, but this judgment is an assessment made in love, not condemnation.
    • The mutual support and correcting we provide for each other is done in the Spirit of Christ who is gentle and calls us to gentleness.
Pastor Jim Spon | Galatians 6:1-5