Sermons on Galatians

Costs and Rewards

May 21, 2017 Galatians 6:1-10 What will it cost us to love others well? It will cost our comfort, our aspirations, and our resources. But if we love others as Christ has loved us, we will have not only the joy of eternal rewards, but present rewards as well. We will have the joy of […]

New Fight

May 14, 2017 Galatians 5:16-26 In Galatians 5:16-26, Paul says that every believer is engaged in a fight between the flesh and the Spirit. The flesh represents the sinful ways we turn our desires of God’s good gifts into abnormal, over-desires. The Sprit, on the other hand, works within us to produce fruit that makes […]

Do We Obey the Law or Not?

May 7, 2017 Galatians 5:1-15  Christians are free in Christ Jesus. Paul writes in Galatians 5:1-12 that we are saved by grace and cannot lose our salvation. We can, however, lose our freedom. We lose our freedom when we try to win God’s favor by obedience to the law. The Gospel frees us from the law, […]

The Dangers of a Watered-Down Gospel

April 30, 2017 Galatians 4:8-20  What harm can come from watering down the Gospel? Paul addresses this question directly by calling the Galatian Christians and us today to reject the false gospel of salvation by works. Such a teaching produces enslavement to the idol of religion. Instead, we are called to embrace the true gospel: […]

Our Adoption in Christ

April 23, 2017 Galatians 4:1-7  In the search for freedom, each of us seeks to understand the fundamental question of who we are. What does the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ have to say about our identity? We see in this passage that only when our fundamental identity is that of an adopted, beloved […]

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 […]