Sometimes we can complicate things – both in our lives and in our beliefs. This sermon shows us that having the correct priorities can free us up to pursue the most important things in life.
Most people have a strong and deeply ingrained reaction to authority. This sermon examines a mature approach to authority and how we can grow in this.
The Galatian Christians were going back to their old way of life because they didn’t understand what they had been saved from when they put their faith in Jesus and how bad their situation had been. They also didn’t understand their new identity in Christ.
Three ideas are used to discuss faith in Christ as opposed to legalism – namely covenant, guardian and sons and daughters. Christians have a firm foundation based on the promises of God, the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit.
In Galatians chapter 2 we see the doctrine of justification by faith set against the doctrine of justification by works of the law. We see that acceptance by God is completely through putting your faith in Jesus Christ – nothing else contributes.
We see the effects of the Apostle Peter compromising and the way that the Apostle Paul challenged him. Being authentic and refusing to compromise your beliefs has positive benefits.
We see that Paul tells his story to the Galatian Christians. We pull out some key ingredients of a good story and how it makes us free and impacts other people.
As Paul is starting to try and correct the Galatian Christians from accepting a Gospel which has Jesus and a load of rules and regulations, Paul appeals to the authority he has because God has called him, he knows the grace and peace of Jesus and he is clear that the simple Gospel is God’s…
When Lazurus came forth out the tomb, he was alive, but was wrapped in death clothes, and Jesus commanded that they be taken off which is a mirror image of somebody putting their life in Christ and still being wrapped up in stuff which Jesus tells us now to remove.
Rod Barnett, the Festival Director for the Lancashire Festival of Hope, uses the calling of Matthew in Matthew 9:9-13 to show that there is a place for everyone at God’s table and that we no longer need to allow our past to dictate our future. Great message!!