Called to Restore

Sermon Notes – Pastor Karlos Limtiaco
June 3, 2012 – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

What should you do when you find out a fellow believer has been overtaken by sin? How should you respond?

Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:1-2

TEN TRUTHS TO INSTRUCT AND MOTIVATE YOU IN GOD’S CALL TO RESTORE WAYWARD BELIEVERS

1. God’s call to restore is a family matter.
Brethren
-A family loves and cares for one another.
-The word brethren implies relationship.
-Unity purchased by the blood of Jesus.
-But, there are times when all is not well in the family.

2. God’s call to restore implies that believers can struggle with sin.
-…if anyone is caught in any trespass…
-Caught = trapped, overtaken, ensnared, pursued and caught by sin.
-Talking about a believer who has been overtaken by sin and is miserable in it.
-The fact that the sin has been discovered is a grace from God.
-God presents us with opportunity to minister Gospel Grace to the one in sin.
-The effects of the Fall remain with believers until their glorification.
-Whenever you deviate from the Gospel you will be ensnared by sin.
-Sin comes when believer is not walking by power of the Holy Spirit.

3. God’s call to restore involves a community of believers.
-…you (who are spiritual)…, you is plural, infers community of believers.
-God’s call to restore goes out to the Body, the people of God, not just pastors.

4. God’s call to restore requires being spiritual.
-…(you) who are spiritual…
-In a healthy Body every person would be called a spiritual one.
-What does it mean to be a spiritual one?
*knowing and embracing the Gospel
*walking in the Spirit
*manifesting the fruit of the Spirit
*living in worship of God
*abiding in the vine (John 15), etc.

5. God’s call to restore is a command.
-Restore (such a one)…, the word restore is imperative and present tense, active.
-Keep on restoring, actively. Active not passive.
-Paul wants people of God to be involved in restoration.
-This is not optional. We are our brother’s keeper.
-It’s not to attack or criticize, come down on or shred, but restore.
-Restore with a goal to build up and put a person on the path to pursue holiness.
-This same word is used elsewhere as in mending a fisherman’s net or setting a broken bone.
-Restoration does not mean to look down on, ignore, dismiss, slander, etc.

6. God’s call to restore involves anyone with any sin problem.
-(Restore) such a one…, such a one = anyone
-Not showing favoritism in your ministry of restoration.
-Restore the lovely/unlovely, wealthy/poor, attractive/unattractive, clean/dirty, any ethnic background without prejudice or common/uncommon and grotesque sin problems.
-It’s anyone with any sin problem.

Gentleness in Mosaic

Gentleness in Mosaic (Photo credit: Nutmeg Designs)

7. God’s call to restore requires gentleness.
-…in a spirit of gentleness…
-Not harsh or severe.
-Loving, compassionate, kind, patient restoration even though there may be the potential for an angry response from the one being restored.
-Prov. 15:1; Matt. 5:5; 11:29
But we proved to be gentle among you…(1 Thess. 2:7)
-1 Tim 3:3 gentleness part of the qualifications for an elder.
James 3:17; …wisdom from above is…gentle.
-It is the antithesis of legalism.
-Gentle in thoughts, attitude, speech toward the person, being clothed in gentleness.

8. God’s call to restore requires humility and caution.
-…each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.
-Restore without being prideful thinking that you cannot fall into the same sin.
-Be cautious because the command comes with a warning.
-When helping someone out in a particular area of sin there is the potential for you to struggle with the same sin.
-During restoration process, keep seeking the things above and keep gazing at Jesus.

9. God’s call to restore requires perseverance.
Bear one another’s burdens
-Another command in the imperative and present tense. Keep on bearing.
-Also a community project.
-Patience and perseverance are needed.
-Connotes that the burden is heavy, tiresome, and requires strength.

10. God’s call to restore is a call to flesh out the Gospel.
-…and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
-Law of Christ = Love one another.
-Demonstrated in its most full and grand form at the cross.
-Jesus came to die on the cross to RESTORE us.
-The law of love takes us to the foot of the cross.
-To engage in restoration is fleshing out Gospel realities and Christ Himself.

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