Do I have “zeal” for the Gospel? If not, it just may be that I don’t fully appreciate just how special, just how precious a thing the Gospel of Jesus really is.
Gospel Unity? Well, Pastor Larry explains why there is unity in the gospel message. Unity between Jews and non-Jews. Unity between religious and irreligious people.
St Paul sets forth and defends his Apostolic authority in this passage. He and the other apostles did not mutually negotiate what the gospel was. Rather as they compared was each was preaching, they saw that their messages were consistent or identical: One Gospel for all people.
Pastor Larry continues in his Galatians series. In chapter 2, the Apostle Paul tells the Galatian believers how he went to Jerusalem to defend and confirm the true gospel; the gospel of free grace. That men- both Jews and gentiles -are accepted by God only as they express faith in the perfect life that Jesus lived.
One of the delightful experiences in life is to watch someone do or create something which gives them an extraordinary amount of pleasure. It is difficult to comprehend that God would get a great deal of “pleasure” from this or the other activity, but to think he gets it when he acts to change sinful humans into his servants, his children, his treasured possessions; this will blow your mind.
We are often drawn to things that are not good for us, or else we reject things that are good. The gospel is an example of the latter and The apostle Paul describes this in his letter to the Galatians. Listen to the next installation in our series on Galatians by Pastor Oldaker.
Lots of churches preach lots of messages, but Pastor Larry emphasized, as did St Paul in his letter to the Galatians, that without Christ there is no gospel.
Pastor Larry Oldaker embarks on an overview of the letter of St Paul to the Galatians- with a distinctly Martin Luther flavor. And he sure unpacks a lot from the first five verses.