Jesus Alone - Solus Christus
November 7, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin • Galatians 5:24–26, Galatians 6:1–5
Are You Conflicted? Have you ever met a person that was hard to please? It may have been a parent, teacher, boss, or friend. They always wanted or expected more out of you than you were able to give, regardless of how much you did for them or gave to them they were never content and always wanted more. Often the most difficult person to satisfy or please is actually within us. The greatest battles that we will ever fight are within our own mind, will, and emotions (our soul). If you know Jesus, you have been set free from the penalty and power of sin and the flesh but you have yet to be delivered from the presence of sin and your flesh. The Bible often refers to our flesh as the “old man.” This is the source of the conflict within us. It is a struggle between the old man and the new man. There is a battle over your actions as they both want to control your body. There is a battle over your appetite as they both want to consume and pursue alternative passions and desires. God knows our struggles and the conflict within. He has provided a way, not only to fight but to win, walking in victory. If you are conflicted and defeated within that is an unnecessary problem. That's not God's will or plan for your life.
Moving From Emotion To Mission
November 14, 2021 • Shannon Hogan • Galatians 6
Moving from Emotion to Mission How do you define love? Webster’s dictionary defines it as, “An intense feeling of deep affection.” This seems like a reasonable definition of love, but is it? Do Christians define love the same way? Is culture distorting love and developing a new definition that is challenging the display of truth in our society? These might be questions you have considered before, but now, more than ever, believers need to be reminded of what love is and how to demonstrate this to an unloving and unloved society. C.S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity states, “Charity means love, in the Christian sense. But love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the emotions but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.” The Apostle Paul in Galatians 6 gives one final plea for believers to “not boast in their flesh.” Paul writes in Galatians 6:14-15 – “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.” When we are a “new creation” in Christ (Gal. 6:15), we have the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16–26) to move away from our own self-centeredness and to think of others. This week, let’s consider Paul’s plea as a challenge for us to go beyond ourselves, live for others, and share the Gospel. Our demonstration of love for others outside the church will have a huge impact in helping re-establish our culture’s perspective of what love is.
October 24, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin • Galatians 6:1–5
Gospel Community If there is one thing that the past couple of years have revealed, it’s that we need each other. While there may be circumstances that make it unsafe or risky to one’s health to be close to others, it is demonstrably true that it’s also unsafe and unhealthy to be alone and separated from others. There are risks being together and there are risks being apart. You can pick your poison but you cannot eliminate all risks. Gospel Community is vital to our spiritual health. There is no Biblical precedence or justification for Christians to live out of fellowship and disconnected from other believers. There may be circumstances that temporarily prevent us from gathering with other believers but that should never be considered the norm. Why does Gospel Community matter? In Galatians 6:1-5, we are reminded that we are prone to wander and live out of step with the Spirit. Those who are spiritual are to help those in error to get back in step with the Spirit. We are also reminded to love one another by helping those under heavy burdens. Don’t believe the lie that you can, or you must, “go it alone.” Reach out, connect, share your burdens, and carry one another's burden. Join us this Sunday as we unpack Galatians 6:1-5 and explore the importance and meaning of Gospel Community.
October 10, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin • Galatians 5:16–26
The Ultimate Hack for Christian Living Everyone is looking for the latest “hack.” A hack can be a shortcut, a trick, or a work-a-round to achieve a desired outcome. Often the hacks are more gimmicky than they are great. For many things in life, shortcuts cause more problems than they solve. If you were to search for “Life Hacks for the Christian Life” there are plenty of blogs that give suggestions and solutions for various aspects of Christian Living. Modern religious teaching is always pumping out answers for Christians to consider. Here are some of the suggestions: “a winsome personality, one’s innate abilities, advanced degrees in theological education, special seminars on the higher Christian life, social activism, spiritual psychotherapy, and others” (Timothy George, NAC). The truth is that there are no shortcuts to the Christian Life but there is a “hack.” God has provided the hack to all believers and it is the key to freedom in Christ. If your spiritual life is a roller coaster of high, lows, success, failure, assurance, and doubt then you need to learn this hack.
The Real Me
October 3, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin • Galatians 5:16–21
The Real Me I'm really not that bad! It wasn't my fault! I can't believe I reacted that way! I was having a bad day! How often do you find yourself trying to explain the reason for your behavior? How often have you heard others use some of the excuses above? Here is a thought to remember: Never underestimate a person's ability for self-deception or self-justification. Honest self-assessment is a difficult thing. When you consider the "real me" what do you see? When we see bad stuff inside we automatically look for someone to blame. If you battle anger it must be because of someone or something else--like your parents, job, stress, or your circumstances--anything but you. The reality is that you are far worse than you realize and yet far more loved than you deserve. You have the potential for evil and destruction beyond your comprehension but you also have the potential for your life to be used for good that stretches into eternity. So how can you and I accurately see and evaluate the "real me"? In Galatians 5:16-26, we find an ancient tool for self-assessment. This is the ultimate guide to your current spiritual reality. Are you living in the flesh or out of the Spirit? Never settle for self-deception, spiritual excuses, or the blame game. "For freedom, CHRIST has set you FREE..." - Gal. 5:1 This Sunday we will look at Galatians 5:16-21, for the key and only hope for living a godly life.
Do We Need Restraints?
September 26, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin • Galatians 5:13–26
Do We Need Restraints? Humans living with no restraints will not lead to human flourishing but exploitation, abuse, conflict, oppression, and a bunch of other sins. The question is how to best restrain human depravity? We can use the government to restrain and punish actions that are seen as harmful and destructive to society but this is not without problems. Who determines the behavior that is right or wrong, destructive or productive? You will need a large enough government with powers to control, restrain, and enforce the morality they determine is best. Religion is another way of restraining behavior. Having a sense of right from wrong that comes from a higher source than other humans is a powerful way to define a moral system and what behavior is acceptable. If people believe they will experience consequences from a God who punishes and rewards behavior, they will be more likely to self restrain. The problem with both of these models of restraint is they are unable to change what is broken in each person. Education and government regulation are unable to change a persons sinful heart. Religious rules and regulations will also fail to change a persons sinful heart. The problem is not our economy, education, or environment, it is broken and sinful hearts. Jesus alone can replace a heart of stone with a new heart that is soft towards God. Galatians 5:1-12, concludes Paul’s argument that Jesus alone can set us free. The "false brethren" accused Paul's teaching that Jesus alone can free us, as giving Christians a license to sin. Shouldn't Christians be expected to live by moral and ethical standards? This Sunday we will look at Galatians 5:13-26, for the only solution for battling sin, an inner restraint, the Holy Spirit.
Yoke or Free
September 19, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin • Galatians 5:1–6
Everyone has a yoke... What is a yoke, you ask? A yoke is that thing to which you are attached. Tell me your burdens, pressures, and the cause of your fear. What is it that weighs you down? What do you sacrifice and work for? Answer those questions and you will be on your way to discovering your yoke. Not all yokes are necessarily negative, some may seem positive. Regardless of whether you were given a yoke or you chose your yoke, it is a burden you willingly or unwillingly bear. Shockingly, some people grow so accustomed to their yoke that if you removed it for them they would be tempted to put it back on. In Galatians 5:1-6, Paul addresses the challenges of living yoked or free. Whatever we find ourselves yoked to will have implications for every aspect of our lives.
Natural vs. Supernatural Life
September 12, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin • Galatians 4
The Natural or Supernatural Life If you could choose between living a natural life or a supernatural life, which would you choose? The natural life is defined by and focused on what is observable, provable, and experiential. The supernatural life seems to imply mystical, spiritual, myths, and magic. In our highly enlightened and scientific world people have little to no need for the supernatural. This is reality as defined by our secular age. Charles Taylor explains, In “our present condition, our secular age, …many people are happy living for goals which are purely eminent. They live in a way that takes no account of the transcendent" (Smith, James K.A. How (Not) to Be Secular. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014)143). By eminent, he is referring to that which is immediate, observable, natural, and now. Transcendent refers to that which is beyond the moment, the supernatural, or even spiritual or mystical. You and I live in a secular age. The gravitational pull of this secular age makes it difficult to imagine life beyond the natural world. And yet, our hearts yearn for the supernatural. In Galatians 4:21-31, Paul is ending his doctrinal explanation of what the Gospel is and why it matters. His final argument describes two ways to live and define your life: naturally or supernaturally. If Paul was writing to an American church today, I think he would also be concerned about the need for Christians to awaken from their obsession with the immanent (the natural life) to the neglect of the transcendent (supernatural life).
How to Discern Between a Friend or a Foe
September 5, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin • Galatians 4:12–20
Friend or Foe If you have ever been on a playground, lived as a teenager, worked with people, had neighbors, or lived on planet earth you have learned that everyone is not your friend. This is a difficult lesson to learn. When a person in your life seemed to be a friend, only to turn into a foe, the wounds can be deep. How we respond can make or break us. Some people learn to live with an offensive posture and others live with a defensive posture. Some take on a victim mentality and others can become harsh or even turn into oversized bullies. Often those most eager to be your friend, are really not as concerned with your best interests as you may think, So, how can we learn to discern between a friend or a foe? What can the Bible teach us about learning who to trust? The Galatian church had become suspicious of Paul. They used to feel so blessed for Paul's friendship and influence in their lives, but they had started to doubt whether Paul was a friend or foe. Why, you ask? The Galatians had made some new friends who were eager to teach them the path to real spiritual maturity. They had started to think Paul hadn't told them everything they needed to know and do if they were going to live pleasing to God. They had no idea how to discern between who was their friend and who was their foe. For these reasons Paul proclaims, "...I am perplexed for you" (Gal. 4:20). In Galatians 4:12-20, we find some insights from Paul's deep burden for his fellow believers. Galatians 4:20 (ESV) "...I am perplexed for you."
The Power of Gods Promise
August 8, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin • Galatians 3:15–20
The Power of God's Promise There was a time where a person's "word" usually meant something. The problem is that a commitment or promise is only as reliable as the people making them. Promises today are flippantly made and seldom ever kept. This is not so with God. God never changes. God is immutable. God never mutates, grows, evolves, or expands His thinking. What God says is what He means and what He will do. In our search for salvation, peace, and happiness we have a choice to make. We can seek those things in a world filled with unreliable people We can trust in our own abilities to be perfectly reliable. Or we can look to God's promise for hope. God's promise is powerful and unchanging. In Galatians 3:15-20, we will discover how God's Promise can truly set us free.
Only 2 Ways to Live
August 1, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin • Galatians 3:7–18
Only 2 Ways to Live Knowingly or unknowingly, everyone has a life philosophy they live by. It may be based on one clear idea or a patchwork of several strung together. Consider some of the many examples of life philosophies people draw from today: “to each, his own;” “different strokes for different folks;” "God helps those who help themselves;” “do what makes you happy;” “carpe diem- seize the moment;” “live for the moment;” “do good-good karma, do bad-bad karma;” and “Look out for number one.” These perspectives on life shade the way we think and inform the way we live. A deeper question we could consider is the connection or disconnect between what we say we believe and what we actually do. In Galatians 3:7-18, Paul simplifies the many philosophies for living down to two. There are two ways a person can live. One is the way of Abraham and all the others can be lumped together as different versions of the same. What is your life philosophy?
July 25, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin
Maturity Myths What if there was a spiritual maturity "hack." Like a "get rich quick" plan or "lose weight fast" plan that actually worked. What is it about humans, that we always try to avoid doing these the right way? This was the temptation the Galatian church was facing in Galatians 3. They were being sold on a plan for spiritual maturity that would never deliver. Paul basically said, who talked you into believing in unicorns and fairies? God has made a way for spiritual maturity and there are no shortcuts or alternatives that will work. In this sermon, we will consider how to "be perfected" as a Christian, from Galatians 3:1-6.
Restoring the Gospel
July 18, 2021 • Randy McReynolds
Restoring the Gospel It is not unusual for the paintings of great artists to be identified by their creator. “It’s a Picasso”, “It’s a van Gogh”, “It’s a Rembrandt”, etc. tie the artwork to the artist. The Apostle Paul had created an artistic masterpiece for the churches of Galatia. He did so in the original preaching of the gospel to them, where he “publicly portrayed” (Galatians 3:1), like a masterful artist, the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence, his gospel preaching when he came to Galatia could have been identified much like the paintings of great artists: “It’s a Spirit-empowered Apostle Paul”. Sadly, due to the destructive, even “bewitching” influence of the Judaizers, that “portrayal” - that marvelous picture of Jesus Christ - had been marred. The New Testament book of Galatians is Paul’s response to the errors introduced into the church, so serves as something of a restoration effort: Paul’s divinely inspired letter to remind them of what they seem to have forgotten, emphasizing the two-fold message of “faith alone” in “Christ alone”. In this sermon, we will consider Paul’s rather alarming words to the Galatian churches and have that "portrayal" of Christ set before us in a fresh way.
Dying to Live
July 4, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin
Dying to Live There is a difficulty in reading a book like Galatians and understanding the spiritual questions and conflict of people who lived 2000 years ago with a different culture, language, and context. Even harder is the challenge of figuring out how this relates to us today, in the here and now. The Galatian church was experiencing a crisis as they wrestled with the meaning of the Gospel. Was Jesus really enough? Should God's people not be required to obey God's law? In Galatians 2:17-21, we find the one thing required of us in order to experience real life! One group was saying, "if you neglect the law you cannot be a Christian." The other group was saying, "unless you ignore the law you cannot be a Christian." So what does the Gospel require of us?
June 27, 2021 • Pastor David Anglin
Gospel-Centered Conflict There are a few things you can always count on. Among them are change and conflict. If you live and move among other humans you will experience conflict. Even when alone one can experience internal conflict. Consider Chuck (played by Tom Hanks) in the hit movie Cast Away. While stranded alone on an island Chuck creates a friend he names Wilson (a former volleyball). Wilson never talks, moves, or argues, but Wilson and Chuck still manage to experience conflict and disappointment. People generally fall into one of two categories when faced with a conflict: attackers or avoiders. For some, the best way to deal with conflict is head-on, and for others, the best way to deal with it is to ignore it or run. Regardless of your temperament, some things are worth fighting for. In Galatians 2:11-14, we find one of the greatest examples of conflict, between Peter and Paul. You could even label this a Gospel-centered conflict. Avoiding this fight would result in Jesus' followers living out a false Gospel. Yet, to enter the fight could have split the early church in half. In this passage, we find further clarity as to what the Gospel is and why it must be protected. Furthermore, this is an example of the importance of Gospel-centered confrontation.