First Glance: Galatians 4:19-31

“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth, until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I could be with you again and change my tone, because I am perplexed about you.” (Galatians 3:19-20) I (Stephen) will never be a mother. I will never experience the pains of childbirth…

Sermon: Adoption in Christ

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Galatians, chapter 4. Galatians 4, beginning in verse 1. Galatians is in the New Testament – Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians. Galatians 4, beginning in verse 1. As we have been listening to the book of Galatians, we have been hearing how through the grace of…

First Glance: Galatians 4:1-20

“Instead, you welcomed me as if I were an angel of God, as if I were Christ himself.” (Galatians 4:14b) Who do we see in the face of the stranger? Paul was traveling and preaching the gospel when he fell ill. We are not sure exactly what the illness was. Some suggest it was epilepsy,…

Sermon: The Mirror of the Law

I invite you to open your bibles with me to Galatians, chapter 3, beginning in verse 19. Galatians 3:19-29. Galatians is in the New Testament – Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians.  Galatians 3, beginning in verse 19. Before we hear God’s Word this morning, please take a moment to pray with me. Father, may Your Word…

First Glance: Galatians 3:19-29

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) Our unity as Christians is both incredibly fragile and inestimably stable. On the one hand, as I write this, my denomination is debating in the midst of fierce disunity…

First Glance: Galatians 3:1-18

“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes, Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.” (Galatians 3:1) Let those who want to fulfill the ministry of the gospel in the right way learn not only to speak and proclaim but also to penetrate into consciences, so that people may see Christ crucified…

Sermon: Justification by Faith

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Galatians, chapter 2, beginning in verse 15. Galatians 2, beginning in verse 15. Galatians is in the New Testament – Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians. Galatians 2:15-21. This summer, we have been journeying through Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia, listen for what the Spirit…

First Glance: Galatians 2:15-21

“We who are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 2:15-16a) A couple of months ago, Olga and I traded in my 2004 Volkswagon Jetta for a 2010 Honda Odyssey. It was a big move…