The whole history of the people of God is full of the miracle of God’s promise of a son to Abraham. It’s the miracle of the new covenant of God’s grace, in contrast to the old covenant based on human effort to fulfill the law. We need to interpret what Paul is saying to the Christians in Galatia in the first century AD, not only in the light of our personal lives as ‘children of promise’, as we heard last week, but also in the light of today’s cultural landscape. Because we are now free in Christ, we are free to think and speak with a clear gospel voice. We are free to speak out boldly against the often outrageous diktats of today’s cultural ‘Judaizers’, who insist that we align ourselves with their progressive ideological agendas.
Slavery or Freedom. Which would you choose?
The Galatians, like us, knew the freedom of being Children of God, however they were being pulled back into a slavery to the Law that would bind them. Paul’s charge to them, as it is to us, is not to be fooled. Through his death on the cross, Jesus has won for us not just freedom from sin, but adoption into his very own family.
We are Children of the Promise.
Dave speaks about the difference between a fan and a follower. He talks about boating mishaps and the gospel.
If Jesus has made us right with God, and our inner freedom and relationship with God is no longer based upon our own obedience to God’s commands, but faith in Jesus, then what is the purpose of God’s commands now?
What is obedience to God and what part does His law play in the life of people? The law is still important for us but maybe not the way we might normally think. Law, what is it good for? Absolutely something.
The great gift of salvation is communion with God. We don’t just get our sins forgiven in Christ but we also have been brought into face to face relationship and have our lives reoriented towards His will and purposes by His powerful Spirit. It’s all grace and it is wonderful.
It seems crazy then that so much of our lives are lived in anxiety and fear. It’s good to be reoriented each time we slow down and listen to Jesus. We don’t need to be our own saviours. Jesus is Lord.
What is Scripture and how does the Spirit use Scripture to shape the way I pray and the transformation of my mind to the mind that was in Christ?
Craig talks about the Marvel Franchise and expanding your attentional capacity.
The gospel is that Jesus, the Son of God was sent to us by God to stand in our place to be our savior and now to stand as our leader and our life. The gospel, is Jesus plus nothing equals everything. He is love and He holds us. If you have been at Coro for a while you will have heard this. It is the gospel we preach. However how easy it is for us to act according to a different ‘gospel’. One that says at the end of the day is really is up to me securing my own life. If I have my way, if I manipulate things the way I want then life will be good. We all do it. Even Peter, the leader of the early Church did this and was called out by Paul in his hypocrisy. There is one antidote to this says Paul. Go back to the good news. Be a people focused on Jesus.
Freedom from our past and from the hurt caused by others, it necessary for us to truly enjoy the gift of forgiveness for ourselves.
Marianne Topham shares with us her personal journey of forgiveness and how it set her free in ways she never expected.