Randy Meyers rounded out his 3-sermon series “Walking in the Spirit” this Sunday. He quoted some well-known and some not so well-known authors – all to get us thinking. And “thinking” is one critical aspect for which we are accountable if we are to ‘walk in the Spirit’.
St Paul’s letter to the Galatians was likely the genesis of the Reformation. And in Chapter 1:1-5 St Paul sets out the basic message that he hopes to communicate to the churches.
Randy Meyers continued part 2 of his two-part series Walking in the Spirit. And today Randy revealed something which seems to have eluded him in earlier years; that being that the gospel is more than “Jesus Saves Sinners”. Randy believes that statement is still true, but he has come to realize that the gospel is more than that.
In this first of a multi-part sermon series based in Galatians 5, Randy Meyer sets the foundation for some teaching on becoming more Christ-like in our actual behavior. How is this “sanctification”- which is a theological term for it -accomplished? Randy weaves in related Scriptures from Romans and 2 Corinthians. The key, says Randy, is faith.
People “label” themselves and other in all sorts of ways. Think of what you may have been called when you were younger? Labels can communicate truth, and they can motivate. Jesus used one label perhaps more than any other: hypocrite. He criticized those who were “hypocrites” more than anything. And that is what Pastor Jeff’s sermon is about.
Sending St Paul to be a missionary to the gentiles?! How crazy can that be? He was a perfect candidate to reach Jews; why would God send him to the gentiles? Well, that is just one example of how God does things we would never expect, and it is also a demonstration that God can use you and me to accomplish what He wants, whether we think its crazy or not.
The epistle of St Paul to the Galatians is a favorite of many historical church “giants”. It in the Apostle Paul dispenses with formalities and immediately gets puts his “beefs” on the table: “I can’t believe that you are forsaking the Jesus of the gospel I delivered to you!!” We risk the same admonition if we drift off to one or the other “feel good” idea.
Its in St Paul’s letter to the Galatians that he talks about reaping what you sow. A familiar text. What may be less familiar is the connection St Paul makes between that sowing and serving.