The Inside Column 23/6

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Good morning and a very warm welcome to all.

If you are visiting us today we hope you feel at home and can stay for a hot drink after the service.

In our Sunday morning services we have been working our way through the New Testament letter to the Galatians and seeing how it connects with our lives today. Today we will be looking at Galatians Chapter 3. What have we learned over the last couple of weeks?

 

There are four things from chapters 1 and 2 that we need to keep in mind as we begin the main body of the letter:

1.There are false teachers in the Galatian churches preaching what Paul calls a different gospel (1:6), which is no gospel at all.

2.The opponents of Paul are rubbishing his message by denying Paul’s authority as an apostle. They say he has his gospel and apostleship second-hand and that the real authorities are the Jerusalem apostles.

3. Paul establishes by historical reports that his gospel and authority are not from any mere man, but came by revelation of Jesus Christ,

4. A Jewish group of professing Christians who claim to have James on their side (2:12) are teaching that it is not enough to trust Christ for righteousness – faith must be supplemented with “works of the law.” Trusting in what Christ did for you has to be supplemented by what you can do for Christ. God’s work plus your work equals justification.

 

As far as Paul is concerned, if you buy into this mingling of faith and works, you nullify the grace of God (2:21), you step out of sync with the truth of the gospel (2:14), and you remove the     stumbling block of the cross (5:11). As close as it may sound to the truth, it is another gospel, which is no gospel (1:7), and those who follow it will be accursed and cut off from Christ.

Only two week to go to the quiz night, Friday the 5th of July . Have you got your team ready? This is one of our key church fundraising events for the year and we need everyone’s support. So if you don’t have a team booked in why not get some friends together and book a table. Don’t miss out!

Thanks to the AAW and Ladies Guild for recent donations towards our heating bills now that the colder weather is here. If you are not well and 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!

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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