The Way In, and the Way On

Passage: Galatians 3:1-9 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview In Galatians 3:1-9, Paul rebukes the Galatians sharply, because they had turned from a posture of faith (trusting dependence upon Christ), to trusting in their own record. Though they had “begun by the Spirit”, he says, they were now seeking to be “perfected…

Mind Your Table Manners

Passage: Galatians 2:11-16 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview In Galatians 2:11-16, Paul describes an incident in Antioch where the truth of the gospel was undermined—this time by the actions of an apostle himself (Peter)!  What happened there, and why was Paul so angry about it, even to the point of “opposing…

Paul’s Apocalypse

Passage: Galatians 1:11-24 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview In Galatians 1:11-24, Paul shares his personal testimony with the aim of showing that the gospel he now preaches is, in his own words, “not man’s gospel” (1:11). While he is most immediately concerned with refuting false claims about the origins of his…

God Provides One Gospel

Passage: Galatians 1:6-10 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview The Apostle Paul comes out swinging right at the beginning of his letter to the Galatians. What so provoked Paul, that he forwent even his customary greetings and launched into a blazing invective against the Galatians? What was he so passionate to protect?…

A Christian’s Confidence: Paul and His Gospel

Passage: Galatians 5:1-5 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview Paul’s letter to the Galatians is all about the freedom and confidence we have in Christ, because of the gospel, as well as the kind of community that emerges from this freedom. At the beginning of Galatians, Paul greets the church with great…

Perfectly Equipped

Passage: Acts 1:1-11; Acts 2:1-13 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview Like the first disciples, we can often feel ourselves ill-equipped for the mission of Jesus. Because of Jesus’ ascension, however, and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we are more than equipped to play a fruitful and fulfilling…

Night to Shine 2022 – A Place for Everyone in the Body of Christ

A body of many parts In thinking about Night to Shine, my mind often turns to Paul’s teaching in I Corinthians that the church is one body, made up of many parts, all doing what each does well. In chapter 12, verse 18 he says, “But in fact God has arranged the parts in the…

Commissioned by a King

Passage: Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:1-11 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview After Jesus rose from the dead, he did something surprising—he left. Why did he do this, and what does this mean for us today? First, Jesus’ ascension was more than simply his leaving the earth—rather, it marked his taking up the…

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