This is the sermon for Sunday, October 31st, 2010.

Galatians 6:1-5 HCSB – 1 Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted . 2 Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he is deceiving himself. 4 But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. 5 For each person will have to carry his own load.

Introduction: This morning we are going to be looking at a very important subject: how do we deal with Christians caught up in sin?  I believe the passage that we are preaching deals with this subject.

Now last time we looked at Galatians 5:16-26 and in verses 19-21 we saw the works of the flesh.  We categorized them into four categories.

Four Categories:

  • Sexual sins.
  • False worship (idolatry).
  • Personal conflict.
  • Drunkenness.

We also looked at the word “practice” in verse 21.  It is the Greek word prasso and it means, “an habitual practice.”  It does not mean, “an occasional doing.”

Church, we must realize that Christians will occasionally fall into one of these four categories of sin.  What should be the Biblical response?  Well, let’s begin unpacking our text and find out.

Those truly spiritual will seek to restore the fallen believer and at the same time keep a watchful eye that they might not fall.

Galatians 6:1 – Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted .

  • First off, I believe Paul is referring to any sin that is listed as a work of the flesh in Galatians 5. Let’s read this list again.

Galatians 5:19-21 – 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

  • Believers are not immune to falling and getting caught up, or entrapped by these sins.  That is why we must be on our guard.
  • I also believe that an arrogant exposing of sin exposes the sin of pride in the heart of the one doing the exposing.  We must not think that we are above falling ourselves.

Let’s do some word study:

  • Caught: Greek word prolambano {prolambano} (prol-am-ban’-o).  It means, “a sideslip, a lapse or deviation; unintentional error or transgression; sin; trespass.”
  • Spiritual: Greek word pneumatikos {pneumatikos) (pnyoo-mat-ik-os). It means, “non-carnal, regenerate, spiritual, religious.”
  • Restore: Greek word katartizo {katartizo} (kat-ar-tid’-zo).  It means, “to repair; to mend a broken bone; to frame.”

  • We are to restore with a gentle spirit.
  • We are also to watch that we will not be tempted ourselves.

The Spiritual will help the fallen with their burden.

Galatians 6:2 – Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

  • The Law of Christ that is fulfilled is found Galatians 5:14.

Galatians 5:14 – For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

  • A good example of this is found in Romans 15:1-3.

Romans 15:1-3 – 1 Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. 2 Each one of us must please his neighbor for his good, in order to build him up. 3 For even the Messiah did not please Himself. On the contrary, as it is written, The insults of those who insult You have fallen on Me.

The spiritual will examine their own lives before they examine other’s lives.

Galatians 6:3-5 – 3 For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he is deceiving himself. 4 But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. 5 For each person will have to carry his own load.

  • It is easy to be deceived about our own sinful lives when comparing them to others (verses 3-4). We must remember, we don’t compare ourselves to those who have fallen; but to the perfect life of Christ.  Whenever we do this, we realize we all fall way short of the standard He lived.
  • We are all responsible for our own load (verse 5). We will not have to answer for the sins of others, but our own sins.  In light of this fact, this must be behind our motivation to restore.

Conclusion: God longs to see a fallen believer restored.  He uses other believers to do this.  We must restore in a humble, gentle spirit; always mindful that we are not above falling into sin ourselves.

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