When we run into apparent conflicts in scripture, it’s easy to avoid them or wind up taking extreme positions. Today Pastor Curt addresses some of these apparent contradictions as he continues the series in Galatians with a sermon titled, “Keep it between the ditches.”
In a world of hurry, we need to slow down, listen for God’s council, and experience the freedom we have in Christ.
Change is difficult. Sanctification is change. While God ultimately changes us, we each have a part to play. The challenge is to determine how to cooperate with this transformation process each and every day. Turn to Galatians 4.
The Apostle Paul pleads with the Galatians to imitate Christ as he does.
When we come to Christ, we are set free from being slaves to “the elemental principles of this world.” We are adopted as sons and heirs of what we don’t deserve. (The basic idea of “karma” is — you get what you deserve. And we are set free from living by that worldly principle.)
There is no race, people, tongue or gender that distinguishes us in the body of Christ. We are all equal.
The law of old is not gone. Today it abides side-by-side with our faith in Christ.
Our flesh want to move us away from faith in Christ to independence. Christ wants to move us away from the flesh-life of independence to voluntary dependence upon Him so that He can work through us.
Are we being led away from a gospel of grace to a law of works? If we are, what are we thinking?