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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The Gospel of Grace is the Way to Life and the Way to Live

The true gospel of Jesus Christ – good news – informs us what God has done for us.  Good advice informs us what we must do to get right with God.  The difference means all the world.  The gospel that the Apostle Paul preached to the Galatians was that God sent His one and only Son into the world to die for the sins of mankind giving new life to people and inaugurating the unfolding Kingdom of God on earth.  With the resurrection of Jesus and the announcement of His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven – the powers of this world took notice. 

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Standing for the gospel may mean standing alone.

Paul’s letter to the Galatians puts forth one of those essentials in life that is indeed worth fighting for.  Paul doesn’t fall into the trap that many a church member has fallen into – fighting over things like the color of the carpet, pews vs. chairs, Pastor wearing a tie in the pulpit, women’s dress lengths and whether there are drums in worship or not.  Paul goes after what is essential – core historic Christian doctrine – justification by grace through faith alone.

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Communion Sunday

Have you ever had to teach a toddler to apologize? If you have had that experience, you know there is a big difference between saying the words and doing the actions and actually meaning what is said. My son can say he’s sorry and give me a hug, but when he pulls the hair off my legs a second time and laughs, I begin to doubt his genuineness of it all.

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