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Works of the Flesh

Galatians 5:19-21; NW Church of Christ, San Antonio, TX USA

Marvin Bryant

on 13 July 2013

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Transcript of Works of the Flesh

intimate physical relations
Going to St. Louis?
Living by the Spirit?
Sharp contrast between
acts of the flesh and
fruit of the Spirit
The Works of the Flesh
"and the like" (v. 21)
Other items in similar lists
weighed toward needs
four categories
The Flesh
pagan worship
Galatians 5:19
Matthew 5:27
Romans 1:26-27
1 Corinthians 6:9
unmarried man and woman
with only the mind and eyes but no physical contact
between people of the same gender
All these displease God.
(Matthew 7:1-5)
We must not have a judgmental attitude,
but we are
supposed to judge each other in the sense of helping each other see what God says about right and wrong
(1 Corinthians 5-6)
think in terms of what God really wants
If you tend to be judgmental about these things,
stop thinking legalistically &
When we are doing these things,
we are on the wrong pathway:
walking by the flesh and
not walking by the Spirit.
To find out what your idols are...
What gets us most upset?
When we are upset, where do we turn for comfort?
What are we most seeking in our lives?
What makes us most happy or excited?
What do we fill our time with that keeps us from feeling our deep need for God?
(Colossians 3:5).
Do the definitions of discord, dissensions, and factions sound like how we act in the church sometimes?
Selfish ambition.
I want things
Gossiping--forming a pseudo community with our co-gossiper that makes us feel superior to our victim, without realizing it is born of insecurity or that our
makes us the
victim when
we're not
(James 5:9)
our brothers and sisters will lead to
our being judged.
Main reason people drop out of church is they are tired of being
by other
--Interviews with dropouts by Michael Cheshire
thinking we know people's motives
allowing matters between us to go unsettled
refusing to forgive
allowing anger to build to bitterness and resentment
being suspicious of others
(Proverbs 20:1; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Timothy 3:8; 5:23)
The Bible does not forbid drinking alcohol but does warn of its danger and does forbid getting drunk.
The warning of danger should not be taken
Ephesians 5:18
Romans 14
All these things we've mentioned are works of the flesh. When we are doing them, we are on the wrong pathway: walking by the flesh and not walking by the Spirit.
drink (here)
ipr's (today)
Christians can miss the kingdom of God.
Though warnings are often uncomfortable, they really are for our own good.
Notice he is talking to Christians here.
Warning: if we live
according to the
works of the flesh, we will not inherit the kingdom of God.
There is grace.
God is gracious but it matters how we live.
Yet those who miss the kingdom of God are not Christians who sin sometimes.
We do have choices to make.
forgiveness and grace
not a complete list
ipr are a wedding gift from God
They are good when shared between a man and woman
who love and commit deeply in marriage.
That is the only setting where God is pleased with ipr
we all fall short of God's ideal
Idolatry is not limited to golden calves.
The root idea of the Greek word "orgies" is excess.
eating, TV, internet, hobbies, etc.
Those who miss the kingdom re those who
"live this way," practice, habitual way of life.
The New way of the Spirit:

His Fruit
Good news:
power through the Holy Spirit for us to

overcome these sins
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