Are you a slave or are you free? Most of us think of ourselves as free, autonomous people. However, according to the Bible, we all begin life as slaves until God enters the picture.
Where is your identity rooted? In our text, Paul shows three realities that shape our identity in Christ and three realities that shape our identity no longer.
If God saves us by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, then why did he give the law at all? Paul shows us that God gave the law to expose our sin and point us our need for Christ.
The Old Testament contains a lot of rules that Christians don't seem to follow anymore. How do we read and apply rules in the Bible? Do we simply pick and choose what we like? Is the Bible mainly about rules or promises?
In Galatians 3:15-18, the Apostle Paul helps us make sense of these questions. He shows that God's "you must" (law) is always framed by God's gracious "I will" (promise) in Christ.
What if your entire life were an audition for heaven? What if God is the judge scribbling notes in his book as we fumble through the concerto of life? How will we be accepted? In Galatians 3:10-14, Paul shows us two antithetical ways be accepted by God - through works or through faith. One way brings God's curse and the other way brings God's blessing.
How do we receive blessings from God? Sometimes we're tempted to think that God will bless us because we are so nice, so religious, or so intelligent. In Galatians 3:1-9, the Apostle Paul shows that every blessing of the Christian life - from first to last - comes through faith, not works.
What is Christianity all about? Is it about rules and ceremonies? Is it about who your parents were or where you were born? According to Galatians 2:15-21, Christianity is all about justification by faith alone, union with Christ alone, and righteousness by grace alone.
Our culture longs for unity, freedom, and diversity. Yet we don't know where to find them. In our text, we see how the Apostle Paul went up to Jerusalem to fight for unity, freedom, and diversity in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Was the message of Paul fake news or good news? In Galatians 1:11-2:10, Paul explains that we can trust his message because he didn't receive it from any man but directly from Jesus Christ.