Two Ways to Live: Slaves or Children

Passage: Galatians 4:21-31 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview In Galatians 4:21-31, Paul uses an allegory to describe two basic approaches people take towards life. It is worth considering these two approaches, and which one we’re living, because the implications are vast: one way leads to freedom and adoption, and the other…

Growth in Grace

Passage: Galatians 5:15-25 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview Though we all have some idea of what it would take to grow in character, it can seem so difficult to actually grow. In Galatians 5:16-25, Paul teaches that the grace and freedom of the gospel are what grow us as Christians. Contrary…

Portraits of Growth: Lauren Meekins

At NSCBC, we believe that multiplying disciples who make disciples is crucial to seeing a gospel movement on the North Shore. Throughout the year, we want to highlight encouraging stories of our people growing through discipleship groups and preparing to multiply their faith. If you are interested in joining a D-Group, to be discipled and make disciples,…

Born in Captivity

Passage: Galatians 4:1-11 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview In Galatians 4:1-11, Paul describes the “state of captivity” the Galatians (and all of us) were born into, and how to be set free from it.  He does this because he sees the Galatians’ desire to return to living under the law as…

Portraits of Growth: Shauna Anthony

At NSCBC, we believe that multiplying disciples who make disciples is crucial to seeing a gospel movement on the North Shore. Throughout the year, we want to highlight encouraging stories of our people growing through discipleship groups and preparing to multiply their faith. If you are interested in joining a D-Group, to be discipled and make disciples,…

Heirs of Promise

Passage: Galatians 3:15-29 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview In Galatians 3:15-29, Paul “re-stories” the Galatians with the gospel, reminding them of the history of their redemption and the roles of God’s promise and God’s law in it all. He does this to help the Galatians—and us today—grasp that God’s blessing has…

You Before Me

Passage: Galatians 3:14-25 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview In Galatians 3:7-14, Paul draws upon the rich biblical history of blessing and curses to show the Galatians that only through trust in Christ will they obtain the blessing that they have always longed for. What, then, is this “blessing” we long for?…

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…