Oct 9, 2022
Freedom in Christ “Gospel Encouragement”
Galatians 6:1-5
 
When we are freed from the heart condition of "being conceited" (5:26), to seek our own glory in relationship, we are freed to gently encourage one another in our walk with Christ and in our ongoing struggle against temptation. This kind of encouragement and support is what "fulfilling the law of Christ" (6:2) looks like, because Jesus is the ultimate and unsurpassable example of this kind of love.
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  • Oct 9, 2022Freedom in Christ “Gospel Encouragement”
    Oct 9, 2022
    Freedom in Christ “Gospel Encouragement”
    Galatians 6:1-5
     
    When we are freed from the heart condition of "being conceited" (5:26), to seek our own glory in relationship, we are freed to gently encourage one another in our walk with Christ and in our ongoing struggle against temptation. This kind of encouragement and support is what "fulfilling the law of Christ" (6:2) looks like, because Jesus is the ultimate and unsurpassable example of this kind of love.
  • Oct 6, 2022Freedom in Christ “Gospel Relationships”
    Oct 6, 2022
    Freedom in Christ “Gospel Relationships”

    Galatians 5:26

     
    Galatians 6 makes applications for chapter 5’s conclusion that believers are to live by the Spirit. Paul gives specific instructions about what this looks like regarding a believer’s relationships with other people. Our identity should not come from what others are doing or what others think of us but from who we are in Christ. When our identity comes from Christ and his gospel, we will never feel superior or inferior to others. This frees us to be both humble and bold in how we love and serve everyone.
  • Sep 18, 2022Freedom In Christ: “Freedom to Love”
    Sep 18, 2022
    Freedom In Christ: “Freedom to Love”
    Galatians 5:1-15
     
    Paul communicates what it means to be truly free: on one hand, we're freed from the power of sin and from the guilt of trying to earn our acceptance from God. On the other hand, we're empowered to please God by loving, which is what God created us for.
  • Sep 11, 2022Freedom In Christ “Grace for the Barren”
    Sep 11, 2022
    Freedom In Christ “Grace for the Barren”
    Galatians 4:21-31
     
    In showing that the heart of the gospel is trusting in God's work for us in Jesus Christ, rather than relying on our own capabilities, Paul uses the Old Testament story of Sarah and Hagar to illustrate the call to rely on God's power and grace. The good news of Jesus Christ is especially for the barren, for those who see themselves as failures, because they are those whom God reaches out to first.
  • Sep 4, 2022Freedom in Christ “Blessed Assurance”
    Sep 4, 2022
    Freedom in Christ “Blessed Assurance”
    Romans 8:14-16 and Galatians 4:1-7
     
    The culmination of the gospel is that we become children of God and so have a new life of intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father. Not only did Jesus remove the curse of sin that we deserved, He also gave us the blessing that He deserved. Our new status removes the fear of missing fulfillment or losing approval that is at the root of much of our disobedience.
  • Aug 28, 2022Freedom In Christ: “Children of God”
    Aug 28, 2022
    Freedom In Christ: “Children of God”
    Galatians 3:19-29
     
    After hammering home that the law can't save anyone, Paul takes time to explain what is God's purpose for the law: to curb our rebellious sinfulness, and show us how deeply we need a savior. And in Jesus, God has made us his adopted children, and God's Spirit changes us so that obeying His law is what we desire to do.
  • Aug 14, 2022Freedom in Christ; Living In Line With The Gospel
    Aug 14, 2022
    Freedom in Christ; Living In Line With The Gospel
    Galatians 2:11-21
     
    In the account of Paul's confrontation with Peter, we see one instance of what it looks like to not live as if the gospel is true. One of the healthiest things that Jesus followers can do is to identify and expose ways in which we may confess the gospel with our words but deny it through our actions. Living in ways that align with the truth of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection is a powerful way of proclaiming that the gospel is true. .
  • Aug 7, 2022Freedom In Christ: “No Other Gospel”
    Aug 7, 2022
    Freedom In Christ: “No Other Gospel”
    Scripture: Galatians 1:1-9
     
    In Paul's intro to his letter, we see in his anger and frustration that the Galatian Christians had allowed distortions to the message of Jesus how powerful, how unique, and how special the gospel is, and how easily we distort it.
  • Jul 31, 2022The Cross and the Jukebox: “I Saw God Today”
    Jul 31, 2022
    The Cross and the Jukebox: “I Saw God Today”
    Song:  "I Saw God Today"
    performed by: George Strait
    written by: Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby
     
    YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTqdb38NHSg
     
    Scriptural Reference:  John 5:17
     
    George Strait's ballad about seeing God in the ordinary things of life reminds us that God is always at work around us, and if we have eyes of faith, that we can see glimpses of God's hand.
  • Jul 24, 2022The Cross and the Jukebox: “Didn’t Fix Me”
    Jul 24, 2022
    The Cross and the Jukebox: “Didn’t Fix Me”
    song:  "Didn't Fix Me"
    written by Taylor Goldsmith, performed by Dawes
    Bible passages: Ecclesiastes 1-2, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
     
    music video on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/EP4l11X44No
     
    Written during the first few months of the pandemic about his own struggles with mental health, this song by Taylor Goldsmith of the indie band Dawes explores the perpetual human drive to find experiences or accomplishments that will bring us lasting fulfillment and joy and happiness, and similarly to the book of Ecclesiastes concludes that they do not satisfy. Both the song and Ecclesiastes point to the need of a Savior who can redeem even our suffering.  Thanks to Dr. Robby Glasscock for delivering the sermon.