Mar 22, 2015
Walking In Step With The Gospel
Series: Galatians
 The Gospel message is not a superstitious item, an incantation, a spell, or a charm. It is not something that a person may simply add to their collection of beliefs and practices. The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything! The Gospel is a message to be embraced or rejected. The one who believes the Gospel may and must live according to the truths embraced, and the Gospel has something to say about everything. It may rightly be said that the Christian life is lived well by diligently seeking to understand all things anew in light of the pervading Gospel of Christ.
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  • Mar 22, 2015Walking In Step With The Gospel
    Mar 22, 2015
    Walking In Step With The Gospel
    Series: Galatians
     The Gospel message is not a superstitious item, an incantation, a spell, or a charm. It is not something that a person may simply add to their collection of beliefs and practices. The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes everything! The Gospel is a message to be embraced or rejected. The one who believes the Gospel may and must live according to the truths embraced, and the Gospel has something to say about everything. It may rightly be said that the Christian life is lived well by diligently seeking to understand all things anew in light of the pervading Gospel of Christ.
  • Mar 15, 2015Unity In The Gospel
    Mar 15, 2015
    Unity In The Gospel
    Series: Galatians
    At first glance, there may not seem to be much in this short passage for use in our lives today. An ancient group of outcasts welcomes in and joins forces with another ancient messenger and outcast, and all promise to keep some poor people in mind as they proceed in their task. This seems hardly noteworthy. However, in this small passage we find a marvelous pattern for every Christian community. We see the basis for unity, the fellowship of genuine and lasting bonds, and the proper progression of communal Christian growth. A society of Christians in the 21st century may indeed learn much from this seemingly obscure account.
  • Mar 8, 2015Reconciled To Proclaim Reconciliation
    Mar 8, 2015
    Reconciled To Proclaim Reconciliation
    Series: Galatians
    The message of the Judaizers was miserable observance of a wordily system of works-based righteousness. It was so terrestrial; exactly the kind of system that man is inclined to produce for his own self-generatated salvation. Paul's message was the opposite. He rejected public prestige, he found royal ambassadors among despicable evildoers, and he claimed the authority to do so from the King Himself. In all of this, the Apostle Paul invites all Christians everywhere to live in light of God's redeeming message and His power to save.
  • Mar 1, 2015Our Joy in God’s Glory
    Mar 1, 2015
    Our Joy in God’s Glory
    For the vast majority of Americans today, personal happiness is the chief and highest goal. "What makes me happy?" is the question that defines morality, purpose, and even truth. Regrettably, this kind of thinking is pervasive both inside and outside of the church. One might assume in such a cultural climate that the Bible teaches something akin to God's assistance for every Christian in achieving the American Dream. However, the message of Christianity is actually in stark contrast to such an idea. Temporal happiness is the antithesis of God's promise for believers. Instead, all who glory in God alone may possess Joy – real and lasting Joy. 
  • Feb 8, 2015An Unlikely Pedigree
    Feb 8, 2015
    An Unlikely Pedigree
    Series: Galatians
    At the end of the first chapter of Galatians we find a peculiar story from a man greatly used by God. It is peculiar, not because it was strange for him to say what he said, nor because he said something that is hard to understand. It is peculiar precisely because it is plain and straightforward. It is peculiar because it is the opposite of what one might expect from the mouth or pen of a contemporary American Christian leader (or follower). Paul goes out of his way to list his lacking connections and his tremendous social baggage, and this to prove his Gospel authority. He is uninterested with people of prestige, unhindered by absent acclaim, and only concerned with the congruent content of the Gospel message. Professing Christians today might learn a thing or two from Paul's example here.
  • Feb 1, 2015“We exist for God’s Glory”
    Feb 1, 2015
    “We exist for God’s Glory”
    Very many churchgoers today, and those who are not interested in organized religion, have a very low view of God and an exaggerated focus upon themselves.  This is not new, and outside of the church this is to be expected, but it is agonizingly regrettable that this misappropriation of emphasis and focus has become commonplace inside of the Christian church.  It is the basest human sin to exchange the glory of God for some lesser counterfeit, yet every human is meant to find supreme satisfaction in the glory of God.  Additionally, every local church is commissioned to be a bastion of God-glorifying individuals in covenant community together.  We exist, as does everything, for the glory of God.
  • Jan 25, 2015The Gospel of God
    Jan 25, 2015
    The Gospel of God
    Series: Galatians
    With kindness and solemnity, the Apostle Paul was calling his Christian brothers and sisters back to the Gospel.  The story of Jesus Christ is rightly called good news because it claims that God has demonstrated supreme love and grace in the person and work of Christ.  This message is not the invention of man, nor is man the object of it.  Rather God is the author, keeper, and focus of this exceptionally good message.  The Gospel is also the plumb line for Christian fellowship, and it carries the power to save sinners as well as preserve them.
  • Jan 18, 2015One True Gospel : Part 2
    Jan 18, 2015
    One True Gospel : Part 2
    Series: Galatians
    While the Bible could not be clearer about the exclusivity of the Savior, the main character of the story the Bible tells, sinful humanity is inclined towards disbelief and confusion on matters of gravest importance.  The Apostle Paul addressed this kind of truth-distorting activity in his day, and we are the beneficiaries of the godly wisdom he articulates.  In the end, the question he raises is of upmost significance.  "Am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?"  Well... Which is it for you?
  • Jan 11, 2015One True Gospel : Part 1
    Jan 11, 2015
    One True Gospel : Part 1
    Series: Galatians
    At some point in the recent past (less than 15 yrs, and shorter is likely), Paul had been missionary and church planter to the people of Galatia.  He labored hard for the sake of the Gospel among them, and much fruit was gained because of it.  Now he becomes aware that the Galatian Christians are dabbling in a common early church error (common to our day too – with slight adjustments to the standard). Paul's approach and clarity are helpful for us today, because his stark contrast of the Gospel of Christ with anything else is a clear reminder of what is at stake - nothing less than the eternal salvation or damnation of humans.  Let us be careful and vigilant as we look to the Gospel of God and the Christ who saves.
  • Jan 4, 2015Beginning With The Foundation
    Jan 4, 2015
    Beginning With The Foundation
    Series: Galatians
    Paul's letter to the church or churches of Galatia is a straightforward one. He clearly contrasts the Gospel with any other work or works that one might attempt in order to get to God. It is not difficult to understand the words he uses or the concepts to which he points. It is extremely difficult, however, to die to our own selfish ambition and trust in the finished work of Christ alone for our eternal salvation. In this message we will see that Paul begins his letter with a brief and clear proclamation of the Gospel and his authority under Christ to make this message known.