The preaching of God’s Word is a high priority at Stonebridge. We make available our sermons for those unable to attend on Sundays. We hope we are all helped as we listen to the Word of God preached.
Today’s sermon is based on Galatians 5:16-18.
1 Corinthians 2:9 says: ‘But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.’ Martin Rossol took us on a little exploration of just what these ‘unimaginable’ things might be; and then how we might be encouraged by them!
St Paul is coming in for a landing relative to his arguments against those trying to convince the Galatian believers they needed to perform certain acts, duties, works, in order to be certain their status with God was secure. It is in Chapters 5 and 6 that St Paul brings in “the cross”. What exactly is “the offense of the cross”? Pastor Taylor addresses that question in this sermon.
In Galatians chapter 5, St Paul is ‘coming in for a landing’ with his arguments about the covenant of grace vs earning God’s favor by performance or merit. Pastor Taylor points out that verse one of this chapter begins with the word “Freedom”! And then Paul explains what that freedom Christ as actually bestowed on his followers.
St Paul turns several events of Genesis to make his case that the gospel of Jesus Christ is actually the fulfillment of the covenant of grace; that promised to Abraham; as opposed to the covenant of the law under which the Israelites lived for millennial.
In Galatians chapter 4 St Paul expresses some of his personal heart, his pastoral heart. And his focus is on the seeming inclination of the Galatians reverting to Jewish traditions, rules and laws. The gospel which Paul has preached is one of “freedom” to live in obedience to God; this opposed to being a slave to certain rules, practices and holy days. All, which St Paul says, are unable to make us right with God.
St Paul uses the analogy of adoption from a Roman perspective; not Jewish perspective, in Galatians 4. Why does he talk about adoption? What is it? How can we know we are adopted? Makes for a very packed-full sermon!
Pastor Taylor suggests in his sermon that Galatians 3:23-29 can be understood by asking and answering three questions: 1) When is the promised salvation of the Lord coming? 2) Where is this salvation to be found? And 3) Who is this salvation for? Is it for anyone?
St Paul, in Galatians 3 now asks the obvious question: If keeping “the Law” doesn’t make people right with God, why did God give the Law? It doesn’t seem as if it is really necessary, so why did God go to the trouble- and humanity have to deal with it -give the Law to his people? This is the subject of Pastor Taylor’s sermon.
What in the world is being stated in Psalm 67? Rejoice at God’s judgement? Well, that’s a fair question. Listen to Pastor David Menzel for some insight into this Psalm.
If the promise to and believed by Abraham was what justified Abraham, why did God give the “Law” at Mount Sinai”? A very good question; one which Pastor Taylor addresses in this sermon!
In this sermon Pastor Taylor explains what St Paul is talking about when he states that Jesus became a curse for us because he was hung on a tree. Strange, no? Well, St Paul defends his statement(s) by referencing several passages in the Old Testament.
One faith? Didn’t people in the Old Testament live under different ‘rules’ than we do now? Pastor Taylor continues his series in St Paul’s epistle to the Galatians chapter 3.
Pastor Taylor continues his Galatians series in Chapter 3. St Paul again questions how it is possible- are they possessed? -that the Galatian ‘Christians’ are seeking to grow in their faith by following rules and pleasing God by how they live. Do they really understand what FAITH is?
The bulk of St Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians is concerned with “justification”: How sinful humans can be absolved or forgiven of their crime [or sin] against God and how there can be peace between what are/were enemies. Pastor Taylor continues his series in today’s sermon taken from Galatians 2:17-21.
St Mark, when writing about Jesus arrest, trial and crucifiction, is rather out of character. Mark’ usual writing style is to be short on details moving more quickly to the overview of the events he shares. Yet when he comes to this part of his gospel he goes, not only into detail, but rather graphic detail. It is almost “R” rated. Pastor Taylor in his sermon on this passage shares what might be St Mark’s motive.