Galatians 6 • December 8, 2019 • Jon Thompson
Welcome to the eleventh and final week in our series on the book of Galatians. To conclude this incredible journey, we turn our attention to Paul's highly practical conclusion. Paul demonstrates his wisdom by translating knowledge into action; he preemptively answers the most likely question in the minds of his audience at this point: Now what? Paul crafts a series of verses to explain not only what Gospel freedom look like in action, but how we maintain our freedom in the real world while continuing to build our lives on the firm foundation that true freedom comes from a promise, not performance—and Jesus is the promised one. God set us free for a reason. Let's find out what it really means to be a new creation.
Week Ten: Life in the Spirit
Galatians 5:16-26 • December 1, 2019 • Joel Penney
Welcome to Week Ten in our series on Galatians. There is a war inside each of us between the Spirit and our sinful nature. The Spirit wants us to be more like Christ and our flesh wants us back into slavery. According to Paul, to win this battle we must choose, every day, to be led by the Spirit. The way of the flesh (world) is a trap: living your own way looks like freedom, but it’s a lie. It’s actually slavery. Paul provides us with a hopeful list of all that we can experience when we choose a life in the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Week Nine: Abide In The Gospel
Galatians 5:1-15 • November 24, 2019 • Ben Hilson
Welcome to Week Nine in our series out of the book of Galatians. Paul opens Chapter 5 by driving home the central thesis of his letter to the Galatians: Freedom is at the core of the Gospel. We tend to insert ourselves into the grace equation. Our western culture emphasizes personal performance and achievement, so it's natural for us to let this mode of thinking distort the nature of the Gospel. Paul corrects this error by reminding us that neither religion nor irreligion have any power to establish us in relationship with God. Faith in Jesus is the only thing that counts. Inviting the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts with this truth enable us to love others with the proper motivation. When we internalize the fact that our freedom is not dependent on our works, we free ourselves from fear—and in turn move from self-obsession to selfless loving.
Week Eight: His Will Be Done
Galatians 4:21-28 • November 17, 2019 • Jon Thompson
Welcome to Week Eight in our series out of the book of Galatians. Are we truly trusting in God’s promise or are we more committed to our performance? In these verses, Paul uses the story of Issac and Ishmael to further illustrate his point. Both Isaac and Ishmael are sons of Abraham, but with two completely different destinies. One is a slave and one is free, one is born out of normal, natural everyday means while the other was the impossible becoming possible. We, too must learn to trust in the promise and not on our own performance.
Week Seven: The Spirit Of Adoption
Galatians 4:1-20 • November 10, 2019 • Jon Thompson
Welcome to Week Seven in our series out of the book of Galatians. As we enter into Chapter 4 the story gets more personal, deeper and closer to the heart. You don’t need to prove yourself to God, He loves you. The Holy Spirit cries out on our behalf “Abba, Father”, leading us time and again to that one place, one declaration, one grounding and life changing point. Thank you God!
Week Six: Clothed And Covered
Galatians 3:19-29 • November 3, 2019 • Jon Thompson
Welcome to Week Six in our series out of the book of Galatians. This letter was written to a group of churches that were being tempted to give in to a false gospel and to walk away from the true gospel. The law shows all of us our sin and need and moves us to a Saviour. You will not be made right by any form of religion, spirituality, mindfulness, kindness, wealth, power, gender, race or family background. The gospel is never about performance, only Promise! Jesus is the promised one!
Week Five: We Are Redeemed
Galatians 3:1-18 • October 27, 2019 • Jon Thompson
Welcome to Week Five in our series on the book of Galatians. No amount of hard work, prayer, religious duty or hustle will help you grow and walk with Jesus. Jesus work alone, grace alone, faith alone. This is the gospel. Nothing needs to be added. You can believe the right gospel, but still act like you believe the wrong one. Holy Spirit, come empower us to see Jesus, understand Jesus and to live like Jesus.
Week One: Jesus + Nothing = Everything
Galatians 1:1-10 • September 29, 2019 • Jon Thompson
Welcome to Week one in our series on the book of Galatians. Written so soon after the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, this book from the beginning helps build the case for the real historical resurrection. Paul reminds us of the Grace (undeserved mercy) and Peace (Shalom, restored relationship with God) that we receive from God, in and through Jesus. Only Jesus can be our true Saviour, the One who rescues us from our hopeless sinful state. But this Gospel message cannot be added to, or watered down. Jesus plus nothing is everything. Join us as Pastor Jon dives deeper into this beautiful and challenging text.
Week Four: Jesus Thought Of You
Galatians 2:11-21 • October 20, 2019 • Jon Thompson
Welcome to Week Four in our series on the book of Galatians! As we have seen week in and week out, this letter was written to a group of churches that were being tempted to give in to a false gospel and to walk away from the true gospel. The story picks up when Paul confronts Peter and Barnabus, who begin to let fear drive them and their theology right to hypocrisy and sin, even after learning from Jesus and teaching others about Him. So what can we learn from this confrontation between Peter and Paul? Today, Christians disagree on lots of things as they study the bible and read the history of the church. Most of the time these discussions are in shades of grey instead of anything in black and white. But there are 3 times when this type of confrontation (Peter vs Paul) is needed: when you change the gospel, change the essentials of the faith and when you say sin is no longer sin! As we listen in to learn more from Pastor Jon regarding this text, we continue to pray that the Holy Spirit would enlighten the truth of Scripture, strengthen us to hear and obey and keep the truth of the gospel at the centre of our lives.
Week Two: Because He Is Love
Galatians 1:11-23 • October 6, 2019 • Jon Thompson
Welcome to Week Two in our series on the book of Galatians. This week, Pastor Jon discusses how we like Paul can use our story of transformation to share the gospel with those around us. It is always grace alone, faith alone, in the work of Jesus alone that we are saved. God does not love you because you are moral, kind, religious or the opposite. God does not want you because you are rebellious or evil. He loves you and He calls you out of Love because He is Love.
Week Three: The Gospel Is For Everyone
Galatians 2:1-10 • October 13, 2019 • Jon Thompson
Welcome to Week Three in our series on the book of Galatians. It has been 14 years since the end of chapter one and the false teachers have made their way back to the birthplace of the movement, to Jerusalem itself. Paul returns to re-affirm that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only one that saves and it is for everyone! There is no culture that is not touched by sin, the world and the devil, every ethnic background needs Jesus, and this is ultimately what completely unifies us. Acts 2 is the call of the church, no matter what denomination, cultural expression or size. Teaching, community, communion, prayer, the presence of God, giving, loving the poor, large and small gatherings, baptism, and evangelism! We all cannot reach the same people, our style and size will attract some and not others, but that is God’s plan! Let’s continue to lean in and listen to what God is speaking to us, no matter what community we are part of. We are better, together!