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.
This sermon is Pastor Larry’s last in a series on the Christian faith: How do we persevere to the end? Pastor Larry finds comfort and help for us all in Romans 8. (Sorry but we had technical problems the first half of the talk, so the recording picks up about half way through.)
Just why is it that some people seem to understand spiritual things and some don’t? Pastor Larry provided a perspective from John 6. The Spirit of God does work in hearts and minds and gives understanding and a desire to draw near to God.
Pastor Larry continued with the theme of God’s working redemption for his people. The picture of a shepherd and sheep is used a number of times in the Bible to illustrate some aspect of the relationship between God, or leaders and God’s people. The outline for today’s sermon was the power and significance of the Shepherd’s voice; the goodness of the Shepherd; and the utter faithfulness of the Shepherd to his sheep.