Jerry shows us that the gospel grants us peace with God through the word (gospel) of Christ and this is all for the glory of Christ. Our subjective experience of peace in this life is to be grouned on our objective peace with God in Christ.
What are you hoping in? Are you hoping in better circumstance in the here and now? Or are you finding your hope (that is, your confidence and joy) in the finished work of Christ and the new creation?
Today we closed our series in Galatians focusing on our need for each other (the local church), our need for rest in Christ, and our need to live a life of sustainable sacrifice so that we will 'not grow weary of doing good' knowing that 'in due season we will reap, if we do not give up' (Galatians 6:9). We hope you have enjoyed this journey through Paul's letter to the Galatians.
Pride gets thrill from having more of (or being better at) something than someone else. Only when our identity is stable in Christ will we be able to simply love others from the heart.
We tend to read over familiar passages quickly and without much thought. Let's slow down and examine this familiar text and see what we may have missed.
This week we stepped back to look at the overall message of Galatians. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, salvation by grace alone is our only hope to ever be able to live a life of genuine love.
Come follow the disciple Matthew as he guides us through all the events that led up to Jesus's death...and resurrection. There is a difference between snacking on the benefits of the cross, and surveying the wonders of the cross. Let us learn to sit and listen prayefully as we read what the Spirit wrote through Matthew.
Kevin DeYoung writes, "My generation in particular is prone to radicalism without follow-through. We have dreams of changing the world, but we've not proven faithful in much of anything yet. What we need are fewer revolutionaries and more plodding visionaries. Daily discipleship is not a new revolution each morning or an agent of global transformation every evening; it's a long obedience in the same direction."
The local church is more important than we often think. It has been said, "There is unity in diversity in the community of the Trinity." In the local church, we are to reflect the image of our Triune God. One way we do this is by exhibiting unity in diversity in the community of local churches. Jesus prays "that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me" (John 17:21).
It was moving to hear Ben and Rachel Bowen speak to our church about their trust in God despite such a dramatic and unexpected trial. Rachel experienced sudden cardiac arrest during a church service at North Avenue a little over a month ago. Hearing how God has worked in their lives and in their marriage since this happened was an amazing glimpse into the goodness of God in in and through the sufferings of His people. Listen and be enriched!