Sermon Series: Living by Faith

So far in this new sermon series on “Living by Faith,” we have given faith a definition, and we have explored how this life of faith is expressed toward God and our neighbor. This week, we turn to Galatians 3:1-6 to think about “The Power of Faith.” Too many of us try to live the Christian life in our own power, but eventually that well runs dry. So many stories of famous pastors or other Christians who have experienced moral failure sound the same tune: They had stopped living by faith, it was all a charade, they were pulling from their own resources to keep up appearances. The apostle Paul tells the Galatians that such a life will lead to ruin: We can’t be made perfect by our own works! The power of faith is a gift from the Spirit, given primarily through the preaching ministry of the church. Join us this Sunday as we consider “The Power of Faith” from Galatians 3:1-6.  ~Pastor Eric Landry

Preview: April 30
So, what does faith do? How does faith work? If faith is the way we live this side of Easter, and if faith is how we fight back fear (which we learned last week), how does it work? This week, we turn to Galatians 5 and Paul’s important statement that faith works through love (Gal 5:6). This is a controversial passage! Our Roman Catholic friends think that this verse supports their belief that justification is contingent upon our sanctification, but is that what Paul is saying? No, consider these words from Martin Luther’s Commentary on Galatians: “Paul therefore in this place setteth forth the whole life of a Christian, namely, that inwardly it consisteth of faith towards God, and outwardly in charity and good works towards our neighbor.” Join us this Sunday as we consider how faith realigns our relationship with God and our neighbor.  ~Pastor Eric Landry

Preview: April 23
This week, as we begin a new sermon series on “Living by Faith,” we turn to Hebrews 11 for a definition of faith. If we don’t understand faith, it will be impossible for us to live by faith! John Calvin’s definition of faith (grounded in his own exegesis of Hebrews 11) remains a compelling one today: “[Faith is] a firm and certain knowledge of God’s benevolence toward us, founded upon the truth of the freely given promise in Christ, both revealed to our minds and sealed upon our hearts through the Holy Spirit.” Join us this Sunday as we begin to put faith into practice as the operating principle of our pilgrimage. ~Pastor Eric Landry