Sunday Sermon Recap - July 3
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 12:43PM

Good Wednesday to you.


This past Sunday we had an unexpected visit from the Apostle Paul…sort of. We were delighted to know that Pastor John would be preaching – we just didn’t know he would be using a mode of storytelling called first-person narrative to bring us the Apostle Paul’s thoughts about the letter he (Paul, not Pastor John) wrote to those attending the churches in Galatia.


Pastor John, I mean Paul, took us back to a time during which he received a report that the churches he started in Galatia had fallen into hard times—specifically, they had fallen into error. A group of Judaizers sought to make living under the Mosaic Law a requirement of the Christian faith. He told them to use the Law, instead, as a mirror – to look into it, see one’s imperfections (sin), accept God’s gift of forgiveness and then enjoy the freedom of walking in step with the Spirit.  And, yes, he acknowledged that there is tension between living under the control of one’s sin nature and walking in the Spirit. But…

…but, they no longer had to be shackled by the Law; in Jesus they were free from the consequences of sin and death. Paul further instructed his readers to choose to live the sacrificial love Jesus showed them and, by so doing, they would experience and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22).

After the Apostle Paul left (presumably to begin his second missionary journey), Pastor John noted that we, too, have the responsibility of complete surrender to the Holy Spirit in order to be the people God designed us to be. However (and this a big however), we are not meant to do this alone, which, as I think about it, takes us right into next week’s sermon.

Next week Pastor Keith begins a series entitled “Lost in Translation.” He will be introducing us to Greek words that we often throw about in Christian circles without necessarily knowing the depth of God’s definition. Think of the Spanish fencer, Inigo Montoya (from one of Graham’s and Pastor Keith's favorite movies, The Princess Bride) saying – in a Scottish accent: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The word this Sunday is koinonia and the Scripture passage is Acts 2:42-47.


For Pastor John and Pastor Keith and Pastor David…

Grace and peace,

Ralph West

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