Sermons by Michael Andrus (Page 41)

Sermons by Michael Andrus (Page 41)

Galatians 3:15-25

Why, Then, the Law? For two months now you’ve heard again and again from this pulpit that obedience to the Law, or human effort of any kind, cannot save a person.  After all, that’s one of the principal messages of the book of Galatians.  No matter how long your list of religious rules and regulations, and no matter how diligent you have been in trying to keep them, you know you have failed to keep them completely or consistently, and so it…

Galatians 3:26-4:11

Why Should a Son (or Daughter) Act Like a Slave? To listen to this sermon click on the LISTEN button above. To LISTEN to this sermon click on the LISTEN button above. To LISTEN to this sermon click on the LISTEN button above! In August we started a study of the NT book of Galatians.  We have discovered that the principal theme of the book of Galatians is that we are saved by believing, not by achieving.  No person can earn his…

Galatians 4:12-20

What Has Happened to All Your Joy?  Did you know there is no such thing as a joyful legalist?  Think about it for a moment.  I’ll bet you can’t think of a single person who is both a committed legalist and a joyful person.  And I’m positive you can’t name a legalistic church that is known for its joy.  I don’t mean a legalist can’t laugh, or that he has no happiness in his life.  He can talk about joy.  He can claim joy.  He can act…

Galatians 4:21-31

Two Sons, Two Covenants When I was in Seminary my homiletics professor waxed eloquent on more than one occasion on the advantages of expository preaching, as opposed to topical preaching or textual preaching.  Among the advantages he reiterated were that it keeps the preacher from riding hobby horses, it gives the people a balanced diet, and it allows the Bible to speak for itself.   There is another important factor which I don’t recall my prof mentioning, namely that expository preaching forces…

Galatians 5:1-12

The Only Thing that Counts I heard about a preacher of the last century who preached on the same text, John 3:16, every Sunday for five consecutive years and never preached the same sermon.  Well, I’ve been accused of preaching the same sermon for the past three months, only from four different chapters.  And in a sense that’s true.  Virtually every paragraph of the Book of Galatians from the first verse has employed a different way of saying the same thing, namely that…

Galatians 5:13-18

And Now for the Rest of the Story . . . Paul Harvey had a wonderful way of telling stories.  He led you along thinking you knew exactly where he was headed, and then before you knew what hit you he would introduce a surprise ending with the phrase, “And now for the rest of the story . . .”  In a sense that’s what the Apostle Paul does here in Galatians.  For five chapters he has been denouncing legalism and pressing…

Galatians 5:19-21

Sinnerama! Turn with me please to one of the most discouraging passages in the entire Bible, but also one of the most realistic and relevant, Galatians 5:19-21: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; {20} idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions {21} and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom…

Galatians 5:22-25

In Pursuit of the Fruit If over the past five months our study of Galatians has succeeded in getting you to identify aspects of legalism in your own life, convinced you that God hates it, and opened your heart to the freedom that is available in Christ, then we have accomplished something very important.   If last week’s message helped you identify some of the desires of the sinful nature in your life, convinced you that these acts and attitudes are…

Galatians 5:26-6:5

Walking the Walk My sermon in a sentence is this:  The principal evidence as to whether the Holy Spirit is controlling a believer’s life is seen in how he treats his brothers and sisters in Christ, which in turn is often determined by how he thinks about himself.  That is the conclusion I have come to after the study we have done of the fruit of the Spirit and Spirit‑filled living as found in Galatians 5.   Did you notice that the fruit…

Galatians 6:6-10

The Law of the Harvest One of the sorriest areas of American politics for the past century or so has been our government’s farm policy.  More often than not, it is a system that rewards non-production, favors corporate farms over family farms, and makes sure those who make the mistake of planting in a flood plain are generously rewarded for their folly.   Now having treated you to about all I know concerning farm policy in the U.S. of A., I would…

Galatians 6:11-18

The Heart of Our Faith Introduction:  It’s been a long and somewhat methodical journey through the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians.  Six chapters in six months!  But it’s been an exciting trip.  The topic of God’s grace is dealt with so forcefully and effectively in this book that one cannot escape the overwhelming truth that no matter how great and noble one’s effort, no matter how carefully one observes religious rules and regulations, no one can get right with God or stay right…

James 1:1-12

When Troubles Pile Up Note:  Most of this series was preached in Wichita; this sermon, however, was delivered in St. Louis.   Introduction:  For the next several months, Lord willing, we will be mining one of the mother lodes of practical Christianity, the Epistle of James.  Some in the early church questioned whether this book was up to par with the rest of Scripture, and Martin Luther was quite sure it wasn’t, but the dominant view of the church has always been that while…