Unlocking Freedom

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Preaching the gospel to yourself

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As we wrap up our series in Galatians and look at Paul’s passionate final plea to the churches we see once again the stunning freedom of the gospel.  Gospel faith is not about trying to get close to God be keeping the requirements of the Law, but about trusting in the death and resurrection of […]

Motivation for good

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“Good works” get some pretty bad press in the evangelical church.  We have this belief that we are saved by grace and not good works and so we are skeptical of any teaching that calls us to good works.  I have actually heard ministers say that a person’s works don’t matter at all because that […]

Gentle Restoration

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Paul has continually pleaded with the Galatians not to live under the slavery of the Law but to embrace the freedom of the gospel and this week we see another reason why he cares so much about this.  If we live under the Law we are tempted to view other people who get caught in […]

Freedom in the Spirit

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All throughout Galatians Paul has been championing freedom, but perhaps you have had some serious questions about this.  See we know that the nature of humanity is corrupted and so if we are set free from the laws that keep our sinful nature in check will we not just embrace that sin and wind up […]

Don’t Miss the Point

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It is so easy to get caught up in the routines of our faith, the busyness of life or the trials and frustrations we face and to totally miss the point of Christianity altogether.  As we reach Galatians 5 Paul declares with simple clarity why Jesus died for us… why Jesus sacrificed Himself… what was […]

Coming of Age

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All around the world different cultures mark the transition from boy to man with various rites of passage.  It is the moment a young man tests his metal against the elements and proves himself worthy of maturity.  In Galatians 4 Paul continues to highlight the wonders of belief in Christ by describing saving faith like […]

Graduating to Faith

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All throughout our Galatians series so far Paul has been championing the reality that we are justified by faith in Jesus Christ.  IN other words that the basis for our right standing with God is not our capacity to measure up to the Law of Moses but rather Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.  But if […]

The curse of the Law

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When you are part of a culture it is almost impossible to identify the blind spots of your culture because you are completely ingrained in it… you have the same blind spots as your culture!  This true as much for ethnic groups as it is the church.  In the church we have a culture and […]

Worth Fighting For

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When Paul and Peter have a fight you know it is not going to be over something trivial.  In fact when Paul confronted Peter to his face it was because his practice was threatening the very centre of Christian theology – the doctrine of justification by faith.  So as we examine this central truth of […]

Not just a happy story

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As Christians we often face the accusation that our faith is just a happy story that we tell ourselves… a fairytale we tell children… or a happy ending to calm our fear of the afterlife.   Basically they say the gospel is a people-pleasing message that placates the Christian masses.  Paul was also accused of […]