Because Jesus has given us all that we need for our salvation, we are free to look for ways to best serve His calling in our lives. We must stand firm in this freedom, however - being careful to avoid straying into the bonds of lawfulness or sinfulness.
Abram and Sarai did not wait on the promise of God, and decided to take matters into their own hands. Similarly, the church in Galatia was trying to add to the Lord’s promise. We are called to live in the freedom that God has given to us as a child of His promise. His promise is a grace that we could not manufacture, earn, or even think of.
When Paul was writing to the church in Galatia, many of the church members had been worshiping pagan gods. Whether we need encouragement and motivation to stay with Christ, or if we are following and relying on something else to make our lives worthwhile, we have our only hope in Jesus alone.
To be a child of God means that we are promised to share in the Father’s inheritance. If we are children, we are also heirs. We are to live in the hope of our Heavenly future, and not to live in fear of our Earthly present.
Jesus had said that He came to fulfill the law, and not to change it. How, then, do we understand the law in light of the promise of grace?
We are not just saved by faith in Jesus’s completed work. It is also the foundation by which we live and grow closer to the Father.
Since Jesus died for us, we are to live in His holiness. Holiness means that there is no division between our sacred and secular lives. How, then, do we treat those we consider to be outsiders to our lives? How do we treat our brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them throughout the week outside of church?
The early church had a crisis of faith, where Paul had to stand up for the truth of the gospel. For our salvation, Christ’s resurrection is the only work we can rely upon. Paul had to convince the Galatian church that we do not need anything else once we align ourselves with Christ. This alignment had brought unity to the dispute in the church.
In today’s church, having unity with Christ will also bring unity with the entire body of Christ. We are called to stand together, being rooted in the Father’s will - even if we have different callings.
Coach/Pastor Doug starts us off this week discussing the importance of alignment, assignment, and technique. All three are important during any given football play. In the world, however, assignment and technique are often highlighted and alignment is forgotten. We need to make sure not only that we do the right thing in the world and in the right way, but we also need to make sure that our alignment is with the Father.
As we begin a new series on the book of Galatians, Pastor Doug gives us an intro to the message that Paul is delivering. Our salvation rests solely on our faith in Christ. We only need to understand it, appreciate it, and receive it as a gift.