Sermon Archive (Page 3)

Becoming the Real You

April 9, 2017 Mark 11:1-25 What if Palm Sunday is less about waving palm branches and shouts of celebration and more about Jesus exposing false religion?  What if we found that the people’s celebration came more from the indecisiveness of the crowd?  It is attractive to be indecisive about Jesus, because He is an extreme figure who demands an extreme response. […]

What About the Law?

April 2, 2017 Galatians 3:15-29 Paul has said that we are made right with God through the grace of God given to us in Christ Jesus.  It is entirely a promise from beginning to end and cannot be earned by obeying the works of the law.  The careful reader of Galatians will now wonder, “What […]

Consider Abraham

March 26, 2017 Galatians 3: 6 – 14  Certain people, called Judaizers, had infiltrated the church at Galatia and were telling its members that they needed to be like Abraham in order to be accepted by God. In this passage, Paul uses the story of Abraham against their claims to demonstrate that God’s acceptance of […]

Growing in Christ

March 19, 2017 Galatians 3:1-5 How do we make progress in the Christian life?  Paul shocks by saying that applying biblical principles to our lives does not equal Christian growth, that trying harder is another way of trying to earn salvation.  How do we make progress as a believer?  We grow in Christ the same way […]

Welcome Leads to Welcome

March 12, 2017 Galatians 2:11-21 After a challenging phone call, a disturbing email, or a hard conversation, it is easy to forget that the Gospel is for everyone. When this happens, we retreat into hypocrisy by forgetting the Gospel. This passage shows us that the Apostle Peter needed reminding, and we need to be reminded, […]

The Gospel is for Everyone

March 5, 2017 Galatians 2:1-10 We began our Life as Mission journey by emphasizing that all of life is to be lived as mission to redeem Birmingham for the glory of God and the good of the city. Today, we see how Galatians 2:1-10 requires, as part of living our life as mission, that we embrace […]

Set Apart for Streams of Mercy

February 19, 2017 Galatians 1:15-17 The church at Galatia needed to know not only that they could not make themselves right before God by the things that they do; but also that they, like Paul, were set apart by God before the foundation of the world.  They were objects of His irresistible grace, and they were […]

Being Right or Declared Right?

February 12, 2017 Galatians 1:11-14 If the deepest longing of our heart is to be known and loved completely by God, then how are we made right with Him? Is it by being right or by being declared right? Paul continues his letter to the Galatians by imploring them to repent, for there is no amount of knowledge, […]

Only One Gospel

February 5, 2017 Galatians 1:1-10 The Gospel changes everything. It changes our prayers and our vision for living in the city, and it changes our relationships. The Letter to the Galatians was written by the Apostle Paul to a church whose confusion about the Gospel caused all kinds of relational problems in their city. Before we consider the […]