February 3, 2021
Before he gets into the purpose of his letter to the Galatians, I love how Paul greets them:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil
age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory
forever and ever. Amen.
What an affirming way to greet someone. I cannot do enough affirming the people of Covenant Church. You are generous. You are prayerful. You are considerate. You are encouraging.
Later, in Galatians, Paul goes on to commend all kinds of fruitful behaviors and attitudes to them. Galatians 5:22-23 is a description of where our hearts and minds ought to be. And as we embrace the fruit of the Spirit, our next sermon series is going to be on the whole package - Galatians. This is a fascinating letter.
After his warm greeting, Paul goes on to say, "I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel…" You can hear the sting in the rebuke. This is a perfect point as a follow-up to our current series on delving into the most challenging beliefs of our Christian faith. Foundational beliefs will always be challenged; that's what happens in a broken world. But Galatians will remind us to hold fast to the truth.
As we spend needful time on suffering and the sovereignt