Easter will be on April 21st this year and we invite you to celebrate the resurrection with us! Here are some events and things to look forward to.
Calhoun First United Methodist Church will again host a series of Lenten luncheons during Holy Week, Monday through Thursday at noon with a different speaker each day. This year’s Good Friday service will also be at First UMC. I will be speaking on Isaiah 53, others to follow with Matthew 26 and 27 texts.
The Plainville Church of God of Prophecy has an annual Easter Egg Hunt that is open to the public at the Plainville Recreation Department. Our family attended last year, Pastor Ronnie Chandler invites everyone in the community. Join us Saturday, March 20 at the Plainville Park on School Street. Details below.
Gordon County Christian Ministerial Alliance puts together a communitySunrise Service at BB&T Park in downtown Calhoun. I preached last year, Mark Piotrowski will bring this year’s sermon. Several local pastors will take part. Sunrise Service begins at 7 am and will last 30 to 40 minutes.
We will have Sunday School and Worship at Unity at the regular times, 10 and 11 am. Join as we worship the resurrected savior who lives forevermore!
At the end of Galatians 4 Paul uses the two sons of Abraham to illustrate the difference between born under the Law and born of promise. He asks those who desire to be under the Law if they have heard the Law.
Last week we said that living under the Law is like being kept by a guardian until coming of age. Today we see how Christ redeems us from the Law, allowing us to become children of God (and if children heirs). The sermon text is short but look for excursions into Hebrews 1 and Romans 8.
As I’ve said, the theology is thick in the middle of Galatians. The promises made to Abraham were fulfilled in Christ. In the meantime the Law was given, not to make us to righteous but to act as a guardian until it was time to receive the inheritance of faith. The second half of Galatians explores the relationship between Abraham, the Law, the Christ and the inheritance of the faithful.
As proof that we are justified by faith and not the Law, Paul asks by how we receive the Spirit. The Galatian Christians had already received the Holy Spirit by faith in Jesus Christ. There is no reason to go back to keeping the Law after receiving the Spirit. The same is true today.
We are not justified by works of the Law but faith in Jesus Christ. Paul’s theology is spread on thick in the middle of Galatians and we can only work through a few verses at a time. Good stuff, just be aware that’s it not light reading.
Last week we examined Paul’s calling by God. As we begin Galatians 2 his call to share the gospel among Gentiles is accepted by the Apostles at Jerusalem. Why do these things matter to us now? Because we have received and share the same gospel that Paul preached and the same Spirit working in Peter and Paul lives in the hearts of believers today. This story is part of our story will continue until Christ returns for his church.
Continuing in Galatians 1, Paul’s apostleship was not conferred by man nor did he receive the gospel from any man. Recall from Acts that Paul was called by God on the Damascus Road and had a personal encounter with Jesus the Christ.
“Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship.” We are invited into a relationship with God the Father, made possible by Jesus the Son. Ideally Christianity creates a healthy relationship but that doesn’t mean it is not a religion. As religions go, Christianity can be just as good or bad as any other. Religion is about what we do, the Gospel is about what Christ has already done.