Month: September 2018

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]