The Inside Column 18/9

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Good morning and a very warm welcome to all, if you are visiting we hope you feel at home, and we would love you to stay for a hot drink at the end of the service.

 

This week we come to the end of our series on Galatians, What have we learned over the last couple of months?

  1. There where some false teachers in the   Galatians 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 secondhand 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.

 

Paul throughout this letter shows his great passion for the Galatians, and his great distain for those that have come and are preaching a different Gospel. Paul has no time for anything but the cross of Christ, all other things don’t matter.

 

  May I never boast except in the cross of our

Lord Jesus Christ, through which[a] the world

has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

                                                 Galatians 6.14

 

Next week we have two special events.

Firstly Rev Andrew Burgess, the Dean of BTC will be preaching to us. I have ask Andrew to bring us a introduction to the Gospel  of Mark, as we will be working our way thought Mark over the next couple of months.

Secondly the Cathedral Choir is coming to sing with our choir at our 8.30am service. This might be a service you would like to bring a friend to.

 

Thank to all that have been praying while I was sick. I am away next weekend, so will see you all in a couple of weeks

 

Have a great week!

Philip

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