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…

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?…

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…

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…

Peace Restored

Passage: John 20:19-23 Guide for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection Sermon Overview One of the many breathtaking effects of Jesus’ resurrection is the fact that we can now have deep and durable peace. This is the peace that Jesus extended to his disciples, when he appeared to them on Easter morning, and it’s the same…

The Kind of Disciples We’re Becoming: Gaining Clarity

Who We’re Becoming Without a doubt, this has not been a typical January. Though January is usually the time when people start new habits and seek to gain (or regain) clarity about what truly matters in life, the ambiguity and long-term fatigue of Covid—along with the corresponding feelings of staleness that accompany it—has affected all…