Real Church Part 13 “The Gospel and Legalism”


Real Church – Part 13

The Gospel and Legalism


The gospel stands against both _____________ and ________________.

In the middle of the _______________ about the gospel and Gentiles, some people came to rain on the ____________.  Acts 15:1

The Council at Jerusalem

15 Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.”


The gospel has always had to fight against problems of  personal ________________ and _________________.

Some said that believing in Jesus was good, but not good   ____________.

The question:  Is salvation based on the work of Jesus or the work of Jesus plus the _____________ of man?

Over the years, churches have wrongly taught that how you  _______________ was more important than what you _____________.

Though the issue is no longer circumcision, problems with legalism can be just as __________________.

  1. “I had to _________ it so you have to _______ it too” approach

Though they wanted others to “do” it, in reality they couldn’t do it _____________ themselves.

Acts 15:10

10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?

Obedience to Jesus is born out of ____________ and not _________.

Genuine salvation brings _____________ to obey, not __________of not obeying.

  1. “God needs my ___________ in salvation approach.”

The people see a ____________ in the law that God never had in ____________.

The purpose of the law was never to _______________ salvation to men but rather to _____________ men to salvation.  Galatians 3:21-25.

21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

Children of God

23 Before the coming of this faith,[a] we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.


Man has created a set of rules to ________ saved, __________ saved or even to ____________ you are saved.

Legalism is ____________ and well and ____________ many in the church.

Let others _______________ Jesus in their own way and feel good about it.

What can you or I __________ to the ______________ of salvation?