It Was For Freedom That Christ Has Set Us Free

Imagine a freedom that enables you to be fully human as God intended.  Freedom from guilt, fear and completely secure in relationship with God and others.  Freedom from sin – sin like pride that lifts us up against one another and leads us away from God.  It was for this freedom – from sin and shame that enables us to be all that we were intended to be on our own and in community with both God and others. Imagine going into a conflict and knowing the other person is thinking the best of you and you them. Wouldn’t that be a freeing situation in which to resolve problems and maintain relationships that are healthy?

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Vince Armfield
When God Sees You, He Sees Jesus.

All one in Jesus:  As a result of being in Christ – the Christian’s essential identity is sealed.  He or she is a Son of God.  That is how we are to know one another in the church.  Distinctions such as being male and female, free or slave remain.  Paul was focused on the essential identity of the Christian being new – In Christ.  In society we work out our identity and things change from the inside out.   It starts with the heart from there we affect change in our homes then our church families and eventually our surrounding society.  God chose to work through the hearts of people to affect change and not legislate morality from the outside in.  One can make laws and still miss the heart. 

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The Gospel of Grace Leads with Relationship Over Rules: Galatians 3

People are looking for authentic relationships and faith.  People are probably watching you.  Do you think you were on the minds of the people referred to in Hebrews Chapter 11, Martin Luther, William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and countless others when they followed God in faith.  They impacted the world (from their perspective - their little world) and perhaps even your life. 

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Fear Can Cause Us to Betray Our Beliefs

The unity of the church was at stake.  Consider the message of the false teachers from Jerusalem, “Not all Jews are Christians, but all Christians must become Jews.” The Gospel of Grace is for people of all cultures – nothing added to faith in Jesus.  If the leaders of the church even tolerated the teaching that Christians needed to observe Jewish laws, it would split the movement.  It could lead to a division that pitted Jewish Christians versus the Gentile Christians – who was the more Christian?

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The Gospel of Grace Changes Lives

The Apostle Paul shares part of his spiritual journey with the Galatians presenting a striking comparison.  This is not an attempt to get them to pay attention to him or gain personal glory; rather to remind the Galatians that the Gospel of Grace is real and powerful in real time.

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