Galatians

Rules or Grace?

Scripture(s): Galatians

When it comes to living our life God’s man, Paul, tells us that there are consequences to using the law to measure our life. Sure, the law can be helpful so we can know what to avoid, but when we use it to measure our spiritual walk there are unintended consequences.

One Gospel, One Truth

Scripture(s): Galatians 1:1-9

The gospel is not just a word that we can pour whatever meaning we want into.  The gospel is special.  It is worth protecting.

The Transformation of Grace – The Testimony of One Saved.

Scripture(s): Galatians 1:10-24

Our testimony of God’s transforming grace is important! It is when grace is lived out among other people that it’s truth becomes obvious.  Never dismiss God’s work in you.  Respond to that work in your life today.

The Gospel – You Can Bet Your Life on It

Trusting the gospel is not just something we do with our heart or a piece of our life.  The gospel is for our whole life.  We must trust it for our whole life. It can be trusted with our whole life.

Why Did Jesus Have to Die

Scripture(s): Galatians 2:11-21

Sometimes we do not truly wrestle with the why questions of life because it is too big. Sometimes we avoid thinking about things that we do not fully understand.  At other times we gloss over or generalize why we are doing things without fully thinking it through.  Today we will look at a big question, “Why did Jesus have to die?” Then we will ask, “Why do I do the things that I do?”

Why Was He Brought So Low?

Scripture(s): Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 5:8-9; 4:15; 2:9-15

Humility, humiliation, and humiliating circumstances.  These conditions are separated by one very important reality – are we voluntarily giving up our dignity.  However, why would God do such a thing?

Finding our Purpose in the Resurrection

Scripture(s): John 20:19-23

Let me capture you with an idea today: if we are people who share grace with others, then we will experience the peace of the resurrection.

Assumptions

Scripture(s): Galatians 3:1-9

Paul asks the Galatians a series of questions. Those questions identify their assumptions They had made assumptions about God. Those assumptions were about ready to derail their faith. Are we in the same danger?

The Weight of the Law

Scripture(s): Galatians 3:6-18

We think of the Ten Commandments as good things.  We think about knowing God’s standards of right and wrong as a good thing. Yet, trying to get to God by keeping those rules is a losing game.  It will weigh us down and crush us.  It is time to seek another way.

Why the Law?

Scripture(s): Galatians 3:19-28

Sometimes we misunderstand God’s intentions.  We take what He has given for one purpose and we apply it for another.  Most often, this happens with God’s law.  We use it to try to measure our righteousness. He gave it for another purpose.

Adopted as Children

Scripture(s): Galatians 3:29-4:7

God compares our relationship with Him with our families. He uses that imagery for a reason. God is not just interested in allegiance or obedience. He is interested in you and me.

Slave or Free?

Scripture(s): Galatians 4:8-16

Many Christians wonder why they can’t seem to break the pattern of sin. What they don’t see, is that there are some habits that they love that lead right to the sin they hate.  Sometimes, before we get to the sin, we need to change the road we are on.

Trapped by the Law

Scripture(s): Galatians 4:17-25

God does not want us to be trapped by our choices. So, He warns us about making choices that hurt us. The question is, will we listen?

Celebrating our Freedom

Scripture(s): Galatians 4:21-5:13, 1 Peter 2:16-17

Ideas are not celebrated by just thinking or talking about them.  Ideas are celebrated when they are put into action.  Do you put your Christian freedom into real action?

Living in Freedom

Scripture(s): Galatians 5:1-16

We all know what we think about people who say we can get valuable things for free. We are skeptical for a reason. What is the real cost of Christian freedom?

Winning the War of Grace

Scripture(s): Galatians 5:16-21

Paul’s words fall on deaf ears because we get to the place that we are not aware of the spiritual conflict around us. We are aware of the human conflicts, but not the true spiritual one.

Living by The Spirit

Scripture(s): Galatians 5:16-26

Living in freedom as a principle is something we can all embrace. Yet, the question remains – what does it look like?

Living in Grace with Others

Scripture(s): Galatians 6:1-6

Sometimes, we hear people talk about their relationship with God as if it just about them and Jesus.  Yet, the Bible doesn’t talk about our relationship in that way.  Our relationship with Jesus is as much about how we treat each other as it is about how we treat Him.

The Law of the Harvest

Scripture(s): Galatians 6:7-11

God’s declarations have reasons.  His physical laws allow us to live and understand the world we live in.  Likewise, His spiritual constants give us the same life and understanding. Fighting His laws will only bring us pain and confusion.