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Hyde Park Baptist Church
Steve Ham  |  Cincinnati, Ohio
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Christians Can Never Be Pacifists
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019
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This year my family stood in front of an American flag and promised to bear arms for this nation if we were ever called upon by the Government to do so. It is a basic expectation of an American citizen. I hope never to be in a position of being called to do so and especially never in a position where there may be a reasonable objection to do so if tyranny ever became a character trait of this country. I made this promise on the basis that the USA is not by trait a tyrannical power (some may disagree). When it comes to matters of war, Christians may or may not agree to participate in battle on the basis of their biblical conviction, but it is by biblical conviction that Christians must always be at war. The Christian must always be a soldier and always in a constant battle. We do not wage war against countries but against our own flesh. Even if we never fight for a country, we can never be pacifist with our flesh.

In Galatians, the most prominent theme seems to be the theme of freedom. In Galatians 5, Paul really concentrates on our freedom in Christ from the slavery of the law. He explains that we are free from the condemnation of the law, but this freedom is not a license for sin. If we give in to our fleshly desires, we are as much a slave to sin as to the law. This is why the cross is our only hope and our power found in the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

The freedom Paul talks about in Galatians could be seen as a freedom to fight. Those who are slaves are under bondage from their masters, but the Christian, being freed from sin, is able to stand free against our old master. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we have every resource to resist the desires of the flesh and live to please Christ. Every time we hear a description of this in the New Testament, it sounds like a war. We put our enemy to death. We resist the enemy that wages war against our soul. We know that our new desires in the Spirit are against and opposed to the desires of the flesh. In this world, this is freedom. For some this may not sound like freedom. War is difficult and every battle can be wearisome, but there is a greater reality. In Christ our victory is secured and we have a power within us that is greater than the power we are against. Freedom is no longer being under the dominion of sin and death and the evil passions of our flesh. Christ has broken us free from the chains of the flesh so that we can fight and know the victorious glory of living in the Spirit. It’s a war, a glorious war, a war worth waging. One day, every battle will be eclipsed by the final victory as the last enemy of death is finally defeated.

Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Colossians 3:5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

Galatians 5:17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

But let’s never forget:

Galatians 5:24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

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Are You as Confident About the Church as Paul?
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2019
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I have often wondered why so many people are so quick to speak with great pessimism about the church. Perhaps some of you have just read this first sentence and thought to yourself that I must be blind and deaf. Is it possible that I have not seen...
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When Does The Gospel Actually Affect Your Life?
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
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When Paul wrote the letter to the Galatian churches, there was no beating around the bush. In his opening remarks he moves straight to the point that they were being lured toward a false gospel. Of course, Paul is concerned that there is no...
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The Difficulty with Preaching Gospel Freedom
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
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Galatians 5:1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Sometimes when people hear passages like this, we want to put a million caveats around it. We want to make it known that Christ...
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Why Our Church is Patient with Sinners
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019
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Galatians 4:19 …..my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you! The reason our church is patient with sinners is easy to answer. God has been long suffering with us. The Apostle Paul...
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I Was Walking down the Street and ..... WOW
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2019
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Sometimes I can read through scripture like I am walking down a street not really paying attention to the detail before me. I can be oblivious to anything that is happening around me and it takes something amazing to attract my attention. One of...
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Social Critical Theory or Social Corrupted Theory?
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2019
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Time after time I find the major problem with human theories, is humans. We tend to put a lot of confidence in human ability, goodness, and wisdom to understand and solve the problems of the world. One of the hotly contested issues in the church...
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Understanding the Plain Sense of the Text
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2019
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I am truly delighted to be a part of a congregation that seem to be serious about understanding the Scripture. We say and believe that the bible is the word of God. We believe the claims that Scripture is God-breathed and inspired. We stand by the...
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Are Humans Really Cursed?
THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019
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If you read the third chapter of Genesis, you might be tempted to say that humans are not cursed. After Adam and Eve betray God and eat of the forbidden fruit, God gives them an overview of the ramifications of their sin. Among the consequences of...
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Do You Have a Confident Faith?
THURSDAY, AUGUST 08, 2019
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The biggest problem with answering this question is the question itself. If faith isn’t confident, it’s not faith. In our culture, the way we have discussed faith is to undermine its very essence. So often we hear people say that they...
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Sanctification: All of God, All of Grace?
THURSDAY, AUGUST 01, 2019
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If you talk to any Christian who has a biblical understanding of the doctrine of salvation, they will tell you that a saved person is a regenerate person. To be regenerate means that we are given life. This is what God does in the elect when he...
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