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GALATIANS | Week 4

Bill Bush | 08/06/2022

BIG IDEA | True freedom is about TRUSTING not TRYING.

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HOW CAN WE WALK IN TRUE FREEDOM?

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Galatians 5:1-26 (NLT)

1 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.

2 Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. 4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.

5 But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us.

6 For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? 8 It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. 9 This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! 10 I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.

11 Dear brothers and sisters, if I were still preaching that you must be circumcised—as some say I do—why am I still being persecuted? If I were no longer preaching salvation through the cross of Christ, no one would be offended. 12 I just wish that those troublemakers who want to mutilate you by circumcision would mutilate themselves.

13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.

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TRUE FREEDOM DECOMMISSIONS FALSE CONTROL AND UNDERLYING FEAR.

Galatians 5:6 (NLT)

6 For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.

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FREEDOM IS DRIVEN BY AND DRIVES US TO LOVE.

Galatians 5:13-14 (NLT)

13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

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HOW IS SUCH A LOVE DISCOVERED AND DEVELOPED?

FREEDOM IS DEVELOPED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

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Luke 15:11-32 (NLT)

11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’

22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’

28 “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, 29 but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. 30 Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’

31 “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. 32 We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”

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  EVENTS

Fall Adult Classes | August 15

Interested in growing your faith and building relationships with others? We have some amazing classes with options for all stages of life. This is a great way to connect with other people here at Rock Point and dig deeper into a variety of biblical topics

Groups Launch Study | August 15

Living life in biblical community is done in circles, not rows. Being in a home group is the best way to experience this. Join us on campus for our Groups Launch Study on Monday nights starting August 15 where you can meet in a familiar environment before transitioning into homes. Free childcare is available. 

Middle School All-Nighter | August 19

Calling all Middle School YTH (Grades 6 through 8) to be a part of the All-Nighter! We will kick off the night at Rock Point with a special guest, pizza, worship, games, and giveaways, and end with an insane night at Main Event! We hope to see you there.

 

Sneak Peek Volunteer Tour | August 20

Interested in joining Team Rock Point? Register for our next SNEAK PEEK VOLUNTEER TOUR on Saturday, June 25. We have tons of opportunities for you to get plugged in and would love to help you find your sweet spot here at Rock Point! 

 

Foster/Adopt End-of-Summer Party | August 20

Join us for the End-of-Summer Party for the Foster/Adopt community. Cool off on the water slides, play games, and fellowship over everyone's favorite activity - food. This is a free, open house-style event for all local foster, adopt, and kinship families. Please invite your friends. We would love to meet them!

Kids Splashtacular | August 21

Rock Point Kids would like to invite families of children ages birth through preteen (Grades 4 & 5) for an evening of fun on Sunday, August 21 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center! We’ve reserved the entire facility for this event, so bring your family and we will see you there! Pizza and water will be provided at $5 per person, and children two years old & under are free. 

Respite Night | August 26

Special Needs Respite Nights are a like a big party for individuals of all ages with special needs. They also allow parents to enjoy a night off. Uniquely themed experiences include carnival games, interactive play, face-painting, and sensory rooms. Food and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Parents must complete a plan of care form for each child with special needs.

Baptism Weekend | August 27/28

Baptism Weekend is a time for spiritual growth, public profession of faith, and celebration! Our next baptism weekend is happening August 27 and 28! Invite your family and friends, and we’ll cheer you on as you take your NEXT STEP in your newfound or recommitted faith. If you have already taken this next step to be baptized, help us celebrate by wearing your MADE NEW shirt!

Saturday Nights At Rock Point

You're invited to join us for Saturday Nights at Rock Point! Every first and third Saturday of the month bring your swimsuits and towels for Splashin' Saturday Nights! We have water slides and games for the kids along with a perfect atmosphere for building community! On the off weekends, we have exciting activities planned for you and your family! We can't wait to see you from 4:00pm to 7:00pm for Saturday Nights at Rock Point!

AUGUST
- August 20 | Splashin' Saturday
- August 27 | Movie Night 

SEPTEMBER
- September 3 | Labor Day Weekend Luau

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VOLUNTEER

Our church isn’t built on the gifts and talents of a few, but on the willing hearts and hands of many who volunteer and give their time, talent, and treasure to make who we are and all we do possible. We would love to help you find your passion, build community, and be a part of something amazing.

SNEAK PEEK VOLUNTEER TOUR

Interested in joining Team Rock Point? Register for our next SNEAK PEEK VOLUNTEER TOUR! We have tons of opportunities for you to get plugged in and would love to help you find your sweet spot here at Rock Point!

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BAPTISMS

This is a time for spiritual growth, public profession of faith, and CELEBRATION! We will cheer you on while you take your first step of obedience in your new-found, or re-committed, faith. We also know that many people come alongside you on your faith journey, and we want them to be part of your celebration. So invite all of your family and friends!

NEWCOMERS' DINNER

If you are new to Rock Point, join us for a meal, making friends, and fun! This is a great opportunity to meet other people who are new to Rock Point as well as some leaders on staff. Your kids are welcome too!

WE ARE ROCK POINT

Whether you’re new here or you've been attending for years, join us for WE ARE ROCK POINT! This is a great opportunity to learn more about our history, mission, and values. Dinner and childcare are provided. Hope to see you there!

SNEAK PEEK VOLUNTEER TOUR

Are you ready to join TEAM ROCK POINT by volunteering, but you’re not sure where to start or what opportunities are available? Then join us for the Sneak Peek Volunteer Tour! During this tour, we’ll introduce you to the various ministry areas and the volunteer opportunities available.

VOLUNTEER

Our church isn’t built on the gifts and talents of a few, but on the willing hearts and hands of many who volunteer and give their time, talent, and treasure to make who we are and all we do possible. We would love to help you find your passion, build community, and be a part of something amazing. Get on Team Rock Point today!

  CLASSES, GROUPS, & CARE

Classes

Interested in growing your faith and building relationships with others? Classes are a great way to connect with others and dig deeper into a variety of biblical topics. We have multiple classes available. Be sure to check them out and register today!

Groups

A place to be known, accepted, supported, and developed. We know that it can be a little intimidating to join a Group and meet new people for the very first time. Let us encourage you by saying we understand this, and everyone in our Groups are welcoming and inviting. At one time, they have made the exact same decision as you, so you’ll be in good company.

Support and Recovery

If grace speaks to anything, it is God’s commitment to restore the life He intended for us to have with Him and with each other. While the work of restoration is God’s, the journey to get there is ours. Rock Point Church is committed to come alongside you, through our Care Ministries, to help you reclaim the life God intended.

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  • Classes | Co-Ed, Men's & Women's Studies

    December 31 | 5:00 PM

    Starting Tuesday, April 6, you have the opportunity to join our next round of classes! These are offered for all stages of life and help us to dig deeper into specific topics and connect with others. Check out what is available and register today!

  • S.A.L.T. (Senior Adults Living Triumphantly)

    THURSDAYS | 1:30pm – 3:00pm 

    The Senior Ministry at Rock Point Church is known as SALT – Senior Adults Living Triumphantly. We are men and women of wisdom and maturity who are 55+ and come together each week for Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and food. Our goal in SALT is to empower our senior community to continue to serve the God they love so much! We recognize the continued value of our seniors as vital parts of the body of Christ and realize their value in terms of wisdom, experience, knowledge, talents, and other God-given abilities and gifts.

     ***Registration is not required.***

  • Celebrate Recovery

    FRIDAYS | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christ-centered recovery ministry for people looking for true recovery from life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups. CR is all about sharing our experience, strength, and hope and finding true recovery through this Christ-centered 12-step program. Join us every Friday night from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Rock Point. Childcare is available.

     

  • Men's Breakfast

    SATURDAYS (1st/3rd) | 7:00am – 9:00am

    Join us on campus at 7:00am for Bible study and a hearty breakfast. This is a great time to dive deeper and develop friendships with other men at Rock Point. We’re here to help.

    ***Registration is not required.***

     

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A place to be known, accepted, supported, and developed. We know that it can be a little intimidating to join a Group and meet new people for the very first time. Let us encourage you by saying we understand this, and everyone in our Groups are welcoming and inviting. At one time, they have made the exact same decision as you, so you’ll be in good company.

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Rock Point Kids

In order to help Rock Point Kids continue learning about the saving message of Christ, we have created an online worship experience! Take some time to watch the videos with your family.


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Rock Point YTH

Rock Point YTH is our ministry for Grades 6 through 12. YTH is one family, focused on community, driven by the opportunity to reach their generation for Christ.

We want to meet you! Stop by the tents on the patio and say hi. Rock Point YTH is our ministry for Grades 6 through 12. We are one family focused on community driven by the opportunity to reach their generation for Christ.

Middle School is Grades 6 - 8 and meets on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. High School is Grades 9 - 12 and meets on Sundays at 6:00pm. We also offer a Seminary Class and After School Hang Out specifically for Casteel students.

Summer camps are coming up and we would love to see your kids there!


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Young Adults

Ages 18-25

Whether you are in college, entering the work force, starting a family, or still trying to figure things out, we have a place for you.

We aim to provide Christ-centered community, develop biblical disciples, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible.

TO STAY UP TO DATE, TEXT @RPCYA TO 81010.

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Rock Point Church
24759 S Power Rd
Queen Creek, AZ 85142