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Are you a burden bearer?

    Jul 24, 2016

    Passage: Galatians 6:2

    Preacher: Dan Boyce

    Category: Christian Living

    Detail:

    Are you a burden bearer?

    Text: Galatians 6:2

    Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:1-5

     

    Introduction

    -We live in a very selfish world.

    -Sometimes, we Christians are also prone to selfishness.

    -It is very hard for us to see outside ourselves and families.

    -And the busier our lives become, the less likely we are to look outside ourselves.

    -This hinders our daily sanctification.

    -This is dangerous for our Christian life and walk.

    -This is dangerous for the life and health of our local church body.

    - Philippians 2:4

    -We must be there for our fellow believers to help them with the burdens of life.

    -Some of which are very heavy.

    -Are you a burden bearer?

    -“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

     

    I. What is the law of Christ?

    A. The law of Christ is the law of love:

    1. John 13:34-35; 15:12

    a. This is the mark of a true disciple:

     

    II. Are you fulfilling the law of Christ?

    A. Now that we know what it is, the law of love, are we doing it?

    1. James 2:8

    2. I John 3:23-24; 4:21

    3. Galatians 5:13-14

    B. Can our Christian life be described this way?

     

    III. How do we fulfill the Law of Christ?

    A. By bearing one another’s burdens:

    Note: Context of verse 2; we do not help one other with faults, but with getting victories (verse 1). In verse 2 we see the rule of self-forgetfulness. While we are helping we should not think to highly of ourselves (verse 3). We are also to be proving we are able to help by bearing our own burden (verses 4-5). We must help our fellow believers with a tender sense of brotherhood, with a spirit of sympathy, compassion, meekness, humility, and maturity (verse 1).

    1. The emphasis of verse 2 is on “one-another”:

    a. Sympathize with, to assist each other in all our weaknesses, grievances, trials, troubles, cares, errors, and infirmities.

    2. Bear: to lift or carry. In the present active so it means to keep on bearing:

    a. John 19:17

    • Just as Jesus bore the cross that was weighted down with our sin:

    3. Burdens: weight, load, abundance:

    a. What is the burden you carry?

    b. How can I help you?

    c. Let me show you how Christ has helped me?

    • Matthew 11:28-30

     

    Application

    Romans 15:1-3

    Do you want to fulfill the law of Christ?

    If so, are you a burden bearer?