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.

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]

Galatians 1

Acts11:19-25 gives us the context: ”Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a ...[Read More]

The Death of David

This morning will be a little different in that we are going to have discussion at the end!  Yes, I know that is a surprise but I think there are issues and questions here that are worth our considering together. 1. There is an art to obituaries.  I like the funny ones especially. Danny Lloyd “was a generous man — giving away many of his possessions in the months before he died.  He even lef ...[Read More]