It's hard to believe that we are already to Memorial Day Weekend. And it's hard to believe that we are approaching the half way point in our series in Galatians as well. Up to this point, Paul has emphasized that the Gospel means we are saved by faith and not by works. But, Paul also talks about works in other places. And Jesus seemed to think that His followers would live a certain way.
This week, we turn the corner as Paul begins to describe for us the reason we do the good works. If it is not to save us, then why bother at all? Listen this week as we consider our "New Life in Christ" - and be sure to share this message with a friend.
I often joke about what a horrible memory I have. But it is no joke. Whenever I take the boys to a doctor's appointment, they will ask to verify their date of birth. And I always have to stop and actively remember the date! I mean, how could I possibly forget two of the most important dates in my life!
It's easy to forget a date or a fact. It's even easier to forget why an organization exists in the first place. That's what happened to Peter in the text we will look at this week.He forgot what the gospel was all about - and it's important that we don't forget either.
NOTE: There was an issue with our recording this week. The last 10 minutes of the sermon are a back up recording of lesser quality. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Last week when I mentioned all the celebrations that begin in May, I forgot to mention that the second Sunday in May is always Mother's Day - a day set aside to honor our mom's and the women in our lives who make such a difference.
Now, what does Mother's Day have to do with our text this week? Nothing, really. I just want to remind you to get your Mother's Day cards and to make sure you invite your mom to come with you this Sunday. We'll have a gift for all the women in attendance as we honor their roles in our lives.
Besides, this message is all about how God loves everybody. This week, open your Bible to Galatians 2:6-10 as we explore how the gospel is for "All the People".
May brings many celebrations and really begins a season of celebrations. Here in our nation, few holidays have the significance of Memorial Day at the end of May and then Independence Day about a month later. We celebrate our freedoms and liberties and bristle when people want to take away something we view as a cherished right.
But a greater freedom comes in following Jesus. Unfortunately, there are those who would seek to use the gospel message as a means to enslave people rather than lead them to the freedom Christ provides. This week, we will continue our look at Galatians as we consider if our gospel message is one that enslaves or free.
One of my favorite quotes in regards to the gospel is from author Jerry Bridges. In his classic work "The Discipline of Grace", Bridges said, “...your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” In other words, on your best days, you still need God's grace and on your worst days, you're not beyond his grace. Friends, this is good news!
This week, we continue our look at Paul's letter to the church in Galatia, we will see how Paul recognized this truth. Since Paul understands God's unwavering grace whether we think we are doing well or doing poorly, he reminds us that it's always all about Jesus and His gospel.