Lessons

Fred has taught Sunday School classes for over 35 years.  Almost always, people say: “I’ve never thought about it that way before.”  Every week we will add lessons to this archive.

James 3

1.  Let’s look at the first and last verses of this chapter.  They serve as bookends. “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.  We all stumble in many ways.  If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.” “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of a ...[Read More]

Galatians 6

1.  Sometimes the divisions into chapters interrupts the flow of Paul’s thought and this is, I think, a good example of that. He is not starting a new thought in the first verse of Chapter 6 but continuing what he has been saying in the last several verses of Chapter 5. “Those who belong to Christ have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us ...[Read More]

Galatians 5:16-26

“So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.  They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.” 1.  This is the struggle we read about in Romans 7:14-8:17 ...[Read More]

Galatians 5:1-15

1.  Two words serve as bookends for the passage this morning: freedom and destruction.  In between those two words is the message of Paul to the Galatians.  Embrace one and avoid the other.  Reject one and suffer the consequences of the other.  In between those two options is where we live and find ourselves not only this morning but, seemingly, in our times as a country and a world. “It is for fr ...[Read More]

Freedom in Christ: Galatians 3:22-4:20

1. Paul is talking here about the role of the Law as pedagogue.  In Greek culture, the pedagogue was in charge of the child’s moral welfare.  His duty was to help the child acquire the qualities essential to manhood.  He took the child to and from school but he was not the teacher.  He was in charge of the child’s safety until he grew up.  He was a hedge from harm – both to the child and to keep t ...[Read More]

Galatians 1-2

1. Last week we looked at Paul’s confrontation with Peter about being a hypocrite. Today, we would post it on Facebook or Twitter or even written an anonymous editorial in the New York Times but Paul did not have that option. True, he did write about it later and that is why we have the letter to the Galatians. It was his way of posting his dispute with the leadership of the church. Unfortunately, ...[Read More]