The Inside Column 2/6

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jun 02, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today we hope you feel at home and enjoy worshiping with us.

Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

This week we start a new preaching series out of the book of Galatians…

Galatia was a province in the Roman Empire, in central Asia Minor. Included in it were Christian churches in the  cities of Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe.

This letter was written to churches in southern Galatia in the first century but was included in the Bible for the  instruction of all Christians. Paul wrote the letter to disprove the claims of the Judaizers, who said Christians must follow the Jewish laws, including circumcision, to be saved.

Keeping the law does not save us. Paul countered the claims of Jewish teachers that we need to obey the law in addition to faith in Christ. The law serves to reveal our inadequacy to obey. Faith in Jesus Christ alone saves us from our sins. Salvation is a gift from God, Paul taught we cannot earn righteousness through works or good behavior. Belief in Christ is the only way to become accepted by God.

True freedom comes from the gospel, not from legalism. Christ instituted a new covenant, freeing his followers from the bondage of Jewish law and tradition. The Holy Spirit works in us to bring us to Christ.  Salvation is not by our doing but by God’s.

 

Remember “the Big Question “tonight at the Honest Lawyer at 5.00pm. It is not too late for other to join us.

 

Friday the 5th of July is the night we are planning the quiz night fundraiser. So start getting you teams together for a great night of fun. If you know someone that would like to make a donation for the prize table, that would be great too.

 

I trust everyone is fit and well with the start of the colder weather. If you are under the weather and would like some soup, please let us know and the Pastoral Care Team will be more than happy to help.

 

Have a great week

Philip

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