Walking with the Wounded — sermon by Ps Sam Powell
Does the book of Galatians tell us that we are to “restore” an abuser in a spirit of gentleness. This is often the excuse church leaders use when they take the abuser under their wing and attempt to “restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness…”
In this sermon Ps Sam Powell examines two questions:
How do spiritual people respond to other spiritual people who have fallen into sin?
In this first question Ps Powell distinguishes between sheep and wolves. He says Paul is not talking about restoring wolves. He explains that the Greek text does NOT indicate someone who is “living in ongoing, unrepentant, arrogant lifestyle of defiance against God, hatred against man – a lifestyle of inflicting pain and misery, and destruction to people around them.”
How do we bear one another’s burdens?
Ps Powell explains what these burdens may look like and how we have the tendency to pile more shame on those who are burdened, rather than helping them bear their burdens. In regards to shame, Ps Powell shows how a spiritual person can bear another’s burdens: by establishing trust, lifting up the person in continual prayer, learning to listen, and being patient.
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Walking with the Wounded
Galatians 5:26 – 6:2 (NKJV)
Ps Sam Powell
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.