Living It Out – Feb 5

From Andrew Bee

Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians to remind them that it is by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ alone that they are saved and transformed. There were other teachers who had come in behind Paul encouraging the people that salvation came through Jesus, plus something. In the case of the Galatians, the something was old Jewish rituals, like circumcision. Paul, with passion and love, for them and the Gospel, fights for their lives of freedom in Christ.

Why should we focus on Galatians now? As we are focusing on “Getting In Shape” there are 4 reasons for us to spend the next few months in the book of Galatians.

  1. Galatians presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ in simple but powerful ways. “Getting In Shape” starts with the Gospel. We can not multiply disciples, leaders, groups or gatherings without a laser focus on the simple, true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. We are prone to fads. The “get’er done quick” or the “ten steps to…” methods usually sound good. If there is a shortcut or a “guaranteed” approach, we’ll take it. Spiritually, there is only one way to Get in Shape, by grace, through faith, in Jesus Christ. Are we centered on that?
  3. We are all prone to drift. In any diet or exercise plan I’ve done, there is always the temptation to skip this or nibble on that. Spiritually, we are also prone to try this or that or cut a corner here or there. We’ll get in shape best if we’re willing to examine if were applying the Gospel to our whole lives and living in true freedom.
  4. We desire to ride the wave of God’s kingdom multiplication movement. This is not just a catch phrase. I desire that our church be on fire and on mission for Jesus Christ. I desire to see people saved and set free. I think you desire that too. Galatians is a letter that forces us to examine our lives in light of the Gospel. People who’ve been set free by the Gospel and who live spirit empowered, Gospel-centered lives are ready to ride God’s wave.