I know I sent this last week, but here it is again. I realized that those of you who get this in email or on your phones (not from reading my website) didn’t have the sermon on Galatians. Since this is the beginning of a podcast, I wanted to make sure that you could here the audio by clicking here.
Next Wednesday we will post the second in the series with an added sentence that says, “Can’t see the audio file above, Click here to listen.
From my experience, the Book of Galatians is so critical to our understanding of the grace of God and the Christian life I want to make sure to get this right.
Your Desperate Need for the Life-Changing Message of Galatians
Too many Christians are trying to live the Christian life without the gospel. They’re working their Christian life harder but enjoying Jesus less. Does that describe your life as a believer? Are you working the Christian life harder but enjoying Jesus less?⇦Tweet that! If so, this podcast series, The Life-Changing Message of Galatians: Grace in Your Face, is for you. This wonderful little letter from Paul is written to set you free from two religious misconceptions about the gospel:
The first is the wrong view that the gospel is primarily for unbelievers, those who are not-yet Christians. Many believers agree that we are saved from hell according to the gospel, but then they insist that we must go beyond the gospel to live according to some religious culture’s rules or the expected performance standards of a man-made, self-proclaimed religious authority structure to be a stellar Christian. This mistake tragically undermines the New Testament’s insistence that we need to apply the gospel truth that we are totally accepted before God to the way we live our lives and the challenges we face following Jesus.
This metastizes into a second insidious lie of requiring that we can and must live up to these definition of an acceptable or even a stellar Christian. This notion is likewise man-made and self-proclaimed, but for a more destructive reason: So that we can compare ourselves to others hoping to feel better about ourselves. Instead of living out Jesus’ great commandment that we love one another, we compete over who is actually measuring up to our religious standards, attack those who aren’t quite as good, and hide what we know to be true about ourselves as we point out the faults and shortcomings of others.
Failing to grasp the implications of the same gospel we believed when we trusted Christ leaves us striving to be one of these “acceptable Christians” by trying to make ourselves more acceptable and pleasing to God. Into this religious quagmire steps Paul with this little letter of Galatians that puts grace in our face to rescue us from the cul-de-sac of religious performance.⇦Tweet that!
The Life-Changing Impact of Galatians–Free At Last!
The Christian life isn’t a life of constantly trying to do and be better for the God who has already accepted and declared us good enough for Him. The Christian life is a life of falling into our Heavenly Father’s love and being transformed by His Spirit as we believe the Good News about His Son. Not only the first day we met Christ but for the next day, and the next, and the next, and for every day for the rest of our lives and beyond in His presence forever.
Galatians warns us against building the house of our lives on the sand of legalism and invites us to build on the Rock of the Lord Jesus and His simple, radical, wonderful gospel of grace.
If you’re a Christian worn out by the enslaving religious lie that you need to learn how to be a better Christian, Paul says, stop it! “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free,” writes the apostle of grace. “Stand firm, then and do not let yourselves be burdened by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
I hope you’ll join me for this life-changing journey through this little book of Galatians. These podcasts will be a verse-by-verse study of Galatians, supported by detailed commentary notes you can read or download for free here. This first podcast is title Galatians: Free At Last!
Question: How many guilt and shame activities and low-leverage Christian endeavors could you get rid of if you knew how totally accepted and loved you are by God?