Religion Is Dead - Week 12 - Who's Your Momma?

Religion is Dead

Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: May 23, 2016

When Jesus died on the cross, religion died with him. As he rose from the dead, religion stayed in the grave. Jesus did not come to start a religion but to secure for us the grace necessary to be the end of religion. The church is not in the religion business; it is in the Gospel-proclaiming business. Religion gives us an unending list of rules that never quite seems possible to complete, but Jesus came to give us life and life to the fullest and freest. Perhaps our view of Christianity, Jesus, God, church and the Bible as a religion is not accurate. What does the Bible actually say about religion? It is dead! Join us as we journey through the book of Galatians.

Who's Your Momma?

The Big Idea: Big Idea: Religion is natural; the gospel is supernatural.

Quote - In the law God laid the responsibility on men and said ‘thou shalt …, thou shalt not …’; but in the promise God keeps the responsibility Himself and says ‘I will …, I will …’. - John Stott

Romans 1:16 ESV

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Galatians 4:21 ESV

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law?

Quote - “In freeing ourselves from Christianity, we have only freed ourselves from freedom.” G.K. Chesterton

John 8:31-32 ESV

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

Galatians 4:21 ESV

21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law?

James 2:10 ESV

10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

Quote - “Religious people are rejecting Jesus as Savior, because all their religious works are efforts to merit God’s favor. Their savior is their own achievements; Jesus may be an example or a helper, but He is not Savior.” Tim Keller

Galatians 4:22-23 ESV

22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. 23 But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise.

Genesis 18:12 ESV

12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?"

“God helps those who help themselves.” - Satan

Galatians 4:24-27 ESV

24 Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written, "Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear;break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor!For the children of the desolate one will be morethan those of the one who has a husband."

Religion Gospel

Hagar - Slave Mom
Ishmael - Natural Birth “flesh”
Old Covenant - Law
Present Jerusalem

Sarah - Free Mom
Isaac - Supernatural Birth “promise”
New Covenant - Grace
Heavenly Jerusalem - Above

Galatians 4:26 ESV

26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.

Galatians 4:28-31 ESV

28 Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is now. 30 But what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman." 31 So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.

Job Righteousness: I’m a hard worker, so God will reward me.

Family righteousness: Because I “do things right” as a parent, I’m more godly than parents who can’t control their kids.

Theological Righteousness: I have good theology. God prefers me over those who have bad theology.

Intellectual Righteousness: I am better read, more articulate, and more culturally savvy than others, which obviously makes me superior.

Schedule Righteousness: I am self-disciplined and rigorous in my time management, which makes me more mature than others.

Flexibility Righteousness: In a world that’s busy, I’m flexible and relaxed. I always make time for others. Shame on those who don’t!

Mercy Righteousness: I care about the poor and disadvantaged the way everyone else should.

Legalistic Righteousness: I don’t drink, smoke, or chew, or date girls who do. Too many Christians just aren’t concerned about holiness these days.

Financial Righteousness: I manage money wisely and stay out of debt. I’m not like those materialistic Christians who can’t control their spending.

Political Righteousness: If you really love God, you’ll vote for my candidate.

Tolerance Righteousness: I am open-minded and charitable toward those who don’t agree with me. In fact, I’m a lot like Jesus that way!

Church Righteousness: No church is as Jesus-centered as us, nor do they do things the right way.

Station Righteousness: I am higher ranked, therefore I am better than you and separate from you. You have nothing to offer me.

Body Righteousness: In a world that lacks self discipline, I am better than you because I take care of my body.