Jul 12, 2015
The Final Warning & Invitation
Series: Galatians
Throughout the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul has been decrying error and calling those who love Christ towards a manner of life that must follow a proper understanding of the Gospel. Because Christ saves sinners by His grace, and not by any work or effort on their part, all those who are saved should necessarily respond with gratitude and obedience. Most people live their lives along the disparaging path of legalism or the infinitely precarious road of lawlessness, but Paul offers an invitation to a life of freedom – a life of peace, mercy, grace, and brotherhood – in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Warning those who would choose rebellion or despair, Paul invites us all to enjoy the infinite blessings of God.
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  • Jul 12, 2015The Final Warning & Invitation
    Jul 12, 2015
    The Final Warning & Invitation
    Series: Galatians
    Throughout the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul has been decrying error and calling those who love Christ towards a manner of life that must follow a proper understanding of the Gospel. Because Christ saves sinners by His grace, and not by any work or effort on their part, all those who are saved should necessarily respond with gratitude and obedience. Most people live their lives along the disparaging path of legalism or the infinitely precarious road of lawlessness, but Paul offers an invitation to a life of freedom – a life of peace, mercy, grace, and brotherhood – in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Warning those who would choose rebellion or despair, Paul invites us all to enjoy the infinite blessings of God.
  • Jun 21, 2015Spiritual Posture & Perspective
    Jun 21, 2015
    Spiritual Posture & Perspective
    Series: Galatians
    The Christian life was never meant to be lived out of the context of a local church. American individualism has been confused with Christian living, and many people have come to misunderstand what a local church is, so the Christian life has been yanked from its rightful context. The result has been an increasing lack of distinction between the world and the Church, unhealthy relationships inside the Church, pseudo-Christian voices affirming all manner of ridiculous things in the name of Christianity, and a growing dissatisfaction felt among those who have ‘tried the whole church thing.’ What is the posture and perspective of a local church? How is the Christian life lived out in such a context? Well, the Bible has something to say about it. 
  • Jun 14, 2015Walk By The Spirit
    Jun 14, 2015
    Walk By The Spirit
    Series: Galatians
    Most people will happily acknowledge that Christianity is not a list of do's and don't's. However, many might have a very tough time explaining what the Christian life should actually look like apart from listing a bunch of stuff that a Christian should or should not do. So, what is the Christian life about? How can we tell the difference between someone who is truly a Christian and someone who is not without looking at some checklist of rules? What are the marks of real and authentic Christianity? These questions, and many others, are the subject of this passage. Let's see how God expels our sinful desires and shows us a new way to walk.
  • May 31, 2015Free To Love & Obey
    May 31, 2015
    Free To Love & Obey
    Series: Galatians
    The American truism, "Freedom is not free," may be familiar to most people. However, it might be interesting to know that this concept is also found in the Bible, and it has personal implications. The Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaims genuine and lasting freedom for all sinners who will trust in the person and work of Christ, but this freedom was costly. Additionally, the state of freedom that all Christians enjoy seems to be under constant assault from all angles. The Christian who honestly assesses his or her thoughts, words, and deeds may find that bondage and isolation are both lurking ever so closely. Where may real freedom be enjoyed? How may such freedom be maintained? This is the subject addressed in this passage.
  • May 24, 2015Bondage & Freedom
    May 24, 2015
    Bondage & Freedom
    Series: Galatians
     If someone asked you if you preferred bondage over freedom, you would probably think it was a joke. The choice is easy in theory. Freedom is something to be cherished and bondage is something we naturally abhor. However, it is quite likely that you choose bondage over freedom every day. When it comes to human acceptance before God, bondage is our natural, default setting. Sinners constantly strive towards freedom, but they do so while wearing the unbreakable chains of bondage. Some sinners deny that the chains are real, and many sinners pretend that they have found a key to unlock them. Still the chains remain, but there is freedom to be enjoyed. The promise of God is to free sinners, and the promise is sure. 
  • May 17, 2015Truth In Love
    May 17, 2015
    Truth In Love
    Series: Galatians

    If all Christians were perfect, then local church communities would be nothing but joy and celebration. One success story after another would echo down the halls of the education building as Christians told how they have benefited and grown from the application of the Gospel to their lives over the previous week. Worship services would always be well attended by the church members, and everyone would arrive early and leave late. None would want to miss the opportunity to greet each person and ask of God's goodness manifested in their lives during recent days. The imaginative dream could continue, but this is likely not a picture of your local church. Christians are sinful, and genuine community is messy; but it is worth it, and everyone should fight for and defend Gospel truth.

  • May 10, 2015Slaves Or Sons
    May 10, 2015
    Slaves Or Sons
    Series: Galatians

    Christianity is not like any other religion. Sure, there are some similarities, but the fundamental truths and overarching narrative is wholly distinct from anything else. Additionally, the faithful practice of Christianity is something that satisfies deep longings in the human heart, which no other religion even addresses. Genuine love, true identity, transcendent community, and divine adoption are the stuff of a basic Christian worldview. These are some of the elementary concepts of the Christian Faith, and these are some of the most profound needs that remain unsatisfied in many people today. Find satisfaction, joy, and contentment here.

  • Apr 26, 2015Promise And Law
    Apr 26, 2015
    Promise And Law
    Series: Galatians
    The promise of God is that He will give blessing instead of a curse. This promise comes to sinful man, and it is an amazing promise indeed. After this promise, God institutes moral laws, ceremonial laws, and dietary laws. We may struggle to understand how the law is to relate to the promise, but the Apostle Paul seeks to make the relationship plain to us. God's promise to save is vital for sinners who recognize they need a savior, and we may find great instruction here as to how we are now to understand our relationship to God's law as delivered to Moses. Does God hold you responsible for keeping His law? Why did God institute laws like this in the first place? How does Jesus affect your relationship to God's law?
  • Apr 19, 2015Of Faith Or Under Curse
    Apr 19, 2015
    Of Faith Or Under Curse
    Series: Galatians
    Curses from God is not a subject that most think much about these days. Many imagine a god that would never be so inconsiderate as to curse anyone or anything. Some believe in a god that is too impotent to do something so audacious as curse something or someone. Others still deny that any god exist who could curse at all. However, the Bible is quite interested in the subject of curses from God. Furthermore, the Bible is very interested in describing how sinners may avoid the curse from God. The Bible understands all humanity as being in one of two categories – Under the Curse or Of Faith. Which are you?
  • Apr 12, 2015A Gospel That Saves And Grows
    Apr 12, 2015
    A Gospel That Saves And Grows
    Series: Galatians
    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a profound interjection of divine truth into in the midst of fleshly and sinful experiences. It seems that all humans are willing to admit that something has gone wrong, but few there are in our day that are willing to admit that the error finds its origin within the human will and heart. Credulously, humanity aims at personal recovery through various methods, which amount to nothing more than recycled spasms of futility. But God offers real freedom and lasting peace, and He demands that we respond with trust in the promise He has made.