Message: “Part 4” from Chris May

Chris May - May 28, 2017

Part 4

Galatians

In 'Part 4' of our series we find out the ugly and easy truth that discrimination happens. Paul was quick to act upon knowing that certain Jews (including the apostle Peter himself) were not acting according to the commonness we share in Christ but thought differences of ethnic traditions.

These cultural and ideological differences caused there to be a divide within the church that Jesus never called for. The Gospel calls every man to Jesus. Not just those who look like you. And as Jesus conforms each person into the image of himself, we can start acting like a family; like the church. It doesn't matter the cultural differences, the variety of skin colors. It doesn't matter our ancestors. We are grafted into a new family; the church.

Pastor Chris expounds these important words that are often glossed over by readers of this letter. The Gospel of Jesus is about grace and love. The false gospel of the Galatians and so many others in our own day is about restriction and burden. Separation and discrimination. The True Gospel is about Unity in Jesus.

Scripture References: Genesis 2:11-16

From Series: "Galatians"

Real Life is starting in a multi-week series through the book of Galatians, Paul's great Epistle (pastoral letter) to the churches near and around Galatia. Paul's primary concern is bring the church back to an understanding that the Gospel not only brings people to salvation, but the Gospel is the very essence of Christianity everyday for every Christian. You don't graduate from the Gospel. This particular church was very quick to add things to the Gospel. Such as new and old rules that would have caused the church to find reconciliation with God through their good doing instead of Christ's (Jesus') atoning work on our behalf. They were flipping the need to good deeds and works with their need to be changed and saved by the Gospel. This Epistle serves as a reminder, even to the modern church, that Jesus is enough. The Gospel is good news yesterday, today, and for the rest of life here on earth.

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