Sunday morning 6/17/2012

Posted by Sherry


THE ROAD TO “RESTORATION”
Galatians 6:1,2; 5:19-24
CBC 6/17/12 “Father’s Day”
INTRO: What is the process of “RESTORATION”?
different categories of what people need to be restored back from...
being “Father’s Day”, lets make application to getting Dad tuned up & running right...
(maybe Dad’s just fine right now, so keep this for later or apply it to someone else)
ILL: over time the motor on my boat gets a little sluggish.  It will idle fine, and even operate at a high RPM if you don’t take it out of the boat slip.  It’s when you load it down with all kinds of gear, necessary items for the day and people that it spits, sputters, chokes down and in general just doesn’t run very well, much less “pull the load”.
TEXT: Galatians 6:1Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.
2 Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and [a]troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete [b]what is lacking [in your obedience to it].
PRINCIPLE #1: WE ARE DISQUALIFIED TO HELP RESTORE SOMEONE IF WE ARE IN THE SAME CONDITION AS THE ONE NEEDING TO BE RESTORED
Matthew 15:14 Let them alone and disregard them; they are blind guides and teachers. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a ditch.
  • Tempting to want to “FIX” someone else without looking @ our own condition first
    • our text will give us the “qualification” before we launch into action
    • the danger is not one having to be pulled out of the ditch, BUT TWO
    • “falling” (failing) resulting in the “ditch” 
      • financial bankruptcy (oh, so you bought a boat, I’ll just buy a car...)
      • moral failure (they cheated on me, I’ll show them how it feels...)
      • inappropriate order of priorities (ignore wife & kids while glued to tv football game, married but still having nights out with the “boys”...)
      • let me spell it out for you, A-D-D-I-C-T-I-O-N (nicotine, food, sex, alcohol, drugs, ...)
      • bad attitude (directed towards, extended family, prejudice of people groups, hates the job, boss, salary, or all of it together...)
      • inconsistent
      • jealousy
      • selfishness
      • party spirit with little maturity
      • List found Galatians 5:19-24 & Titled: “Practices of the Flesh”
      • list concludes with these words... “and such like” to cover what’s not specifically listed but is a “Point of Contention”
      • for instance, maybe they are just “Too Tired To Function after work...”
PRINCIPLE #2: UNDERSTANDING “RESTORATION” ON WORD AT A TIME
  • OVERTAKEN -Brethren, if any person is overtaken
    • when someone is “witnessed” being in the ditch
    • not suspicion, intuition, hear-say, gossip, or an assumption
    • it’s the “fact of the matter” with verifiable evidence 
      • credible eye witness, photo, video, etc.
  • MISCONDUCT OR SIN - Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort,
    • would include any on the list, or implied [& such like] in Gal. 5:19-21
    • Keep our perspective: Paul writes to the Romans & explains, “none of us are righteous & we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
  • SPIRITUAL -Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual 
    • [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] 
    • We know we are a sinner, so how do we know when we are “spiritual”?
    • Answer: we produce “fruit” of the nature that is currently in control
    • if flesh nature is in control - fruits of the flesh (listed above)
    • if spirit nature is in control - fruit of the spirit 
    • Gal. 5:22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence).
    • Simple test: Why do you feel someone needs restoration?
      • because you love them or want revenge?
      • you’re seeking joy in the home or exposing them for the dirty, rotten sinner they are?
      • you have a craving for peace or you wish to bring WWIII down on their head?
      • see how that works, you can finish the list yourself
  • RESTORE - Brethren, if any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual should set him right and restore and reinstate him,
    • Definition - “to give back”
      • Zacchaeus (was a wee little man...) “restored” 4 fold to all he had sinned against after his conversion
      • to be “converted” there must be
        • repentance
        • humbleness of heart
        • willingness to do right
        • reconciliation
        • repayment of what has been robbed
      • restore - to “bring one back where he was”
        • if wore to a frazzle then work 6 & REST 1 W/ emphasis on REST
        • accepted with the same open arms as before
        • w/ same love as before
        • w/ same grace as before
        • w/ same mercy as before
        • w/ same fellowship as before
      • Greek: {kat-ar-tid’-zo} to mend (what has been broken or rent) to repair; [ethically] - to strengthen, perfect, complete, make one what he ought to be.
ILL: If a fellow falls down and breaks his leg, what are you going to do?
Option 1: walk off & leave him in pain.
Option 2: God says, “You who are spiritual set the broken bone & get him on his feet again.”
This is all to be done in the spirit of MEEKNESS
{doesn’t mean this process is going to be without a certain amount of PAIN!}
MEEKNESS - implies “evenness” & associated with self-control
MEDICAL - setting a bone “with as much firmness as necessary”
ILL: Female friend of ours did the hokey pokey on top of an ice chest changing a light bulb in the car port ceiling, fell and broke her arm.  Linda took her to the Medical Center to get her “restored”. She was in such pain that they sedated her, but upon setting the bone back in place she still yelled out in pain.
I have considered using an ice chest for a step ladder on occasion since then, but because of that incident I have always found something more appropriate.
v1 keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also.
PRINCIPLE #3: IT’S WHAT REAL CHRISTIANS DO
  • Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and [a]troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete [b]what is lacking [in your obedience to it].
    • Bear - to carry what is burdensome, sustain, uphold, support
    • It’s easy to CRITICIZE, SLANDER & TRY TO RUIN THE FALLEN
    • It’s Christ-like to become their “ADVOCATE” and Restore them

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