Interpretation

April 30, 2015Pastor's Blog

In Galatians three and four, Paul highlights the error of trying to earn righteousness through relying on the Law instead of God’s promises. He parallels the unchangeable nature of man-made covenants like a will to the covenant that God made with Abraham. Wills cannot be altered and neither can God’s way of imputing or gifting His righteousness. Abraham wasn’t righteous because he earned it, instead God “transferred” His righteousness to Abraham was because He believed what God had promised. A gift is only a gift if it isn’t based on … Read More

Finishing

April 28, 2015Pastor's Blog

Galatians 3:1-14 We all start in the same place: SIN. No one saves themselves. Only our faith in Jesus. But like the Galatians, we become complacent with walls believing they’re just a part of life we have to learn to accept, “I’m stuck in this job, with this addiction, with my past, I’ll never be able to change” and so on. We live by the misguided assumption that what goes on in our lives is up to us. SO – we try to live righteous, going to church, doing good … Read More

The Child

April 27, 2015Pastor's Blog

When studying the Bible often times there are analogies leads us to what God is wanting to say to us. As we look at chapter 4 of the book of Galatians we will see such a thing. How can Gentiles inherit the promises God gave to Abraham? Some people said that Gentiles ought to keep the laws of Moses if they want to be part of the covenant people. Paul said no! Paul ends chapter 3 by saying that Gentiles can inherit the promises of salvation without any need to … Read More

Galatians 2

April 24, 2015Pastor's Blog

Application I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. – Galatians 2:20 Many of us don’t seem to learn a lesson the first time. This seems to be the case with the apostle Peter, who still had trouble accepting differences in Gentile eating customs even after the Lord had given him a vision saying, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean” (Acts 10:15). When Peter separated himself from Gentile Christians, Paul recognized that he was failing to live wisely … Read More

Galatians 2

April 23, 2015Pastor's Blog

The first half of Galatians 2 addresses the fact that adding anything to salvation through faith in Christ voided God’s work of grace. Paul now opposes Peter because he’d stopped fellowshipping with the Gentiles who were Christians by grace through faith in Christ alone. Peter knew the truth that Jesus alone justifies, but his racism was rooted in fear of what other Jews would say, so he withdrew.   In essence his actions were testifying that Christ’s blood all by itself was insufficient to justify, which contradicted salvation through Christ … Read More

Conjunction, Conjunction, What’s Your Function?           

April 22, 2015Pastor's Blog

Galatians 2:11-21   You may remember going to grammar class growing up, learning about the different parts of a sentence. In the English language, conjunctions are words or phrases that form relationships between one thought/idea/subject to another thought/idea/subject.   Read the passage above in the NIV translation, then see if you can spot some of the following conjunction words stated here. Some frequently repeated words here include: ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘that’, ‘because’, and ‘so that’.   Here’s what you can observe in this passage by looking at the functions of conjunction … Read More

What’s Your Status?

April 21, 2015Pastor's Blog

Galatians 2:1-10 In Galatians 2:1-10, we find Paul on his way to meet with “those esteemed as leaders”. He was concerned the gospel was being twisted and would cause division in the church. Let’s focus on verse 6, “As for those who were held in high esteem – whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism – they added nothing to my message.” Did you see it? The reminder Paul gave us for today: Nothing matters but Jesus! When we stand before God, our status, … Read More

Meeting in Jerusalem

April 20, 2015Pastor's Blog

Galatians 2:1-10 As we continue the Inductive Bible Study method let’s observe Galatians 2: 10. Let’s observe this passage asking ourselves who, what, when, and where. Oftentimes studying the Bible is as simple is asking yourself who, what, when, and where. Background: This takes us to a meeting in Jerusalem which may seem distant from the concerns of 21st-century Christians. But in fact, the stakes could not have been higher- it was a meeting which had huge consequences for us all, even today. And, as we’ll see, God protected all … Read More

Galatians 1

April 17, 2015Pastor's Blog

Gal 1:10 (NIV) Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.   Do you spend your life trying to please everybody? Paul had to speak harshly to the Christians in Galatia because they were in serious danger. He did not apologize for his straightforward words, knowing that he could not serve Christ faithfully if he allowed the Galatian Christians to remain on … Read More

Galatians 1:10-24

April 16, 2015Pastor's Blog

Paul spends Galatians 1:10-24 defending his right to share the unadulterated gospel that he had received. His goal in spreading the Good News was not to please men. He refused to give people the loyalty or influence over his life that was reserved for his Master alone. He also wanted them to know that the gospel he’d shared wasn’t something he’d thought up on his own nor gotten from anyone else (though it was the same gospel that the other Apostles shared), but instead it came by Jesus’ direct revelation. … Read More