Restore the Erring
- Making Disciples is More than Baptism.
- Jesus said preparation must be made – going.
- Jesus also said we must teach them to observe all things he commanded.
- This includes restoring Christians when they sin.
- Galatians 6:1-5 teaches us…
I. Christians Can be and Often are Caught up in Sin (Galatians 6:1).
- Sometimes Sin Overtakes Us (Galatians 6:1).
- Sometimes We Wander Away (James 5:19).
- Sometimes We are Entangled & Overcome (2 Peter 2:20).
II. Erring Christians Need to be Restored (Galatians 6:1).
III. Christians Have Responsibilities toward Each Other (Galatians 6:1, 2).
- Bear Each Other’s Burdens – Preventative & Corrective Action.
- We must Mend, Turn Around, Bring to Repentance.
- Action Must be Taken with Care
(Galatians 6:1-5). “Restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.”
- For the Sake of the Erring.
- For Your Own Sake.
- Are You in Need of Restoration?
Last week we explored the command Jesus gave us to “make disciples.” In this command Jesus used three participles to describe how the disciple making process is accomplished: going, baptizing, and teaching. All three are required and we all have gifts in one or more of these areas. There is no excuse not to be about this task!
This week we will be examining another command given by Paul through the Holy Spirit – Restore the Erring.
Galatians 6:1-2 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
We must not forget to encourage and restore those who were once among us, but have since chosen to leave their relationship with Jesus. I’ll say more in my lesson.
I hope you will join us! Joey