Softening the Hard


Paul now focuses on the relationship we have with God and each other…

1. We swing on the slave pendulum.

Often in life we go from one extreme to the other. 

And the same is true in our spiritual life. 

We find Jesus out of being a slave to sin.

And, to make sure we don’t go back, we become a slave to rules. 

This is Paul’s whole point. Becoming a slave to rules is sin too. We are children of God. Our focus is the relationship with our Daddy, not rules. 

2. Truth is shared in serving. 

Paul now moves towards those teaching inside the Galatian church. These teachers want the focus on themselves, not the people of the church. 

Paul reminds them of the relationship they had with each other when Paul was teaching them. He served them through physical affliction. They served him through his affliction. 

It is CrossPoint’s leadership goal to serve you…so you can serve others. This is how the Gospel is best shared. And really, this is the only way the Gospel can be shared. 

Our mantra, “We are here to serve,” comes from this. It is a reminder that this is the way the Gospel is spread. It is also a reminder that we are not defaulted towards service. We must make intentional effort to serve people. 

As we take the Gospel to “hard places” (hard communities; hard hearts), serving is the only way to soften the hard. 

Losing My Religion is a sermon series about being free from religious superiority. Read along with us in Galatians and Matthew 23 with our Reading Plan. Today’s reading is from Galatians 4:8-20.