Contributed on Apr 7, 2002
Examines the introduction to Galatians to introduce the series. Considers the Apostolic Authority of the letter and two major themes: God’s Grace and Glorifying God by life in the Spirit
Introduction 10 Signs Communication is different in the 21st Century 1. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three. 2. You call your son’s beeper to let him know it’s time to eat. He e-mails you back from his bedroom, "What’s for dinner?" 3. Your daughter sells Girl ...read more
Contributed on Apr 14, 2002
Any other Gospel doesn’t measure up to the "plumb line" of righteousness. Here are four reasons why.
Introduction Who can tell me what’s on the screen up there, Or what I’m holding in my hand? It’s a plumb line like the one mentioned in the Isaiah text we just read: So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone ...read more
Contributed on Apr 21, 2002
Having pointed out the shortcomings of a "different gospel" in 1:6-10, Paul points out the transforming power of a gospel that makes a difference.
Introduction A family from a remote area was making their first visit to a big city. They checked in to a grand hotel and stood in amazement at the impressive sight. As Mom signed in at the reception desk, Father and son came to the elevator entrance. They’d never seen an elevator before, and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 28, 2002
Paul’s trip to visit the Jerusalem apostles give insight into the roots of Christian Fellowship.
Introduction What’s the Largest Organism in the world? How about the Blue Whale weighing in at 109 tons and over 100 feet? Or maybe a giant redwood at over 200 feet high with a trunk 100 feet around? Or how about this guy right here (Flip to slide of single aspen tree)? The Quaking Aspen. ...read more
Contributed on May 5, 2002
Paul’s conflict with Peter serves as a model for dealing with controversy. A look at both the source and soloution to conflict.
Introduction: Two men who lived in a small village got into a terrible dispute that they could not resolve. So they decided to talk to the town sage. The first man went to the sage’s home and told his version of what happened. When he finished, the sage said, "You’re absolutely right." The next ...read more
Contributed on May 26, 2002
Paul makes it clear that faith and not the law has always been the key to God’s favor.
Introduction In the early 1930’s the US had a problem. Crime had run amok. The prohibition of alcohol in the 1920’s had given rise to pervasive organized crime. A frightened public demanded a response, and the government wanted to send a message to criminals. Their message was named ...read more
Contributed on Jun 2, 2002
In this passage we learn what we have in common that makes us brothers and sisters in Christ.
Introduction When I went back to the United States in March I was privileged to see all 4 of my brothers and sisters As brothers and sisters we have a common history and heritage, that shared experience creates an uncommon bond between us, we are family. We share something special. Only at my ...read more
Contributed on Jun 9, 2002
Having left the bondage of sin, the Galatians seem ready to go into the bondage of the Law. This message contrasts the ways of the Law and Gospel
Supreme Court Justice Horace Gray once informed a man who had appeared before him in a lower court and had escaped conviction on a technicality, "I know that you are guilty and you know it, and I wish you to remember that one day you will stand before a better and wiser Judge, and that there you ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2002
The story of Hagar and Sarah illustrutes the shortcomings trying to do God’s Work man’s way.
Introduction Radio personality Paul Harvey tells the story of how an Eskimo kills a wolf: "First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. Then he adds another layer of blood, and another, until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood. "Next, the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 23, 2002
Three central truths help us cut through the confusion of false teaching to the clarity of the Gospel.
Introduction "It ain’t over ’til it’s over." This is probably the single most famous quote from baseball legend Yogi Berra. It’s simple but elegant and must have come to him in a rare moment of linguistic clarity, because he is much better known as the master of confusion and doublespeak ...read more
Contributed on Jul 7, 2002
Every life bears spiritual fruit. The question is, which kind?
In the Melanesian islands of the South Pacific during WWII, the natives watched closely as the American and British engineers came in and built airstrips. The islanders were amazed to see that when the airstrips were completed, planes began to arrive filled with cargo: food, building materials, ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2002
The rules that apply in the garden apply in the soil of your soul as well.
Introduction Plant a pot with beans using seeds from a "pod tree" The problem with my vegtable pot is that I’ve failed to follow the most basic rule of gardening: You’ve got to plant what you want to harvest. Proposition: The same basic rules that apply in the garden apply in the soil of ...read more
Contributed on Jul 30, 2002
Paul concludes his letter to the Galatians with an emphasis on the central theme of the Gospel: The Cross. Relating the Cross to the False Teachers, Himself, and all Believers.
The government of Polish Prime Minister Jaruzelski had ordered crucifixes removed from classroom walls, just as they had been banned in factories, hospitals, and other public institutions. Catholic bishops attacked the ban that had stirred waves of anger and resentment all across Poland. Ultimately ...read more