Sermon Preview: June 17
Growing up, I would often hear people give their testimonies. Sometimes before baptisms or as part of an evangelistic service, men and women would regale the congregation with stories of sin and worldliness building to a crescendo: the moment they gave their life to Jesus. My testimony was boring. I had never known a day I didn’t believe in God. I struggled with sin, like everyone did, but I believed that Jesus was a savior of sinners. I wondered if something was wrong with me, if I needed a better testimony! In Galatians 1:10-24, Paul begins recalling his testimony for the churches of Galatia. He doesn’t do it to inspire them. He uses God’s work in his life to show them how God must work in their lives if their lives will ever be shaped by the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Join us this Sunday as we consider “The Gospel-Shaped Life.”
Sermon Preview: June 10
We’re one week into a our new sermon series in Galatians. This Sunday, we turn to Paul’s formal charge against the church he planted: they are deserters. They are turning away from the grace of God in Christ and embracing a different gospel altogether. As we learned last week, a group within the church was advocating a “Jesus and” approach: Jesus and the Torah, Jesus and circumcision, Jesus and kosher meals, etc. Paul solemnly warns that anyone who distorts the gospel is under God’s condemnation–they are anathema. Join us this Sunday as we dig deeper into Paul’s charge against the Galatians.
Sermon Preview: June 3
This Sunday, we begin a new summer sermon series through the Book of Galatians. This letter is probably the first that Paul wrote, and is among the earliest books of the New Testament. It foreshadows the conflict in Acts 15 at the Jerusalem Council. It also shows a range of emotions for the Apostle Paul, who is incredulous at heretical developments in the churches he planted in what is now south-central Turkey. In this first sermon, we’ll start with Paul’s appeal to his apostolic authority and summary of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Those two topics are the first principles on which the rest of his argument is based. Join us this Sunday to discover why!