Good News: A Study of Galatians
May 2020 to Present
Follow the Leader Part 3
Galatians 5:13-26 • July 8, 2020 • Bill Gehm
If you are saved by grace through faith in Christ, God’s grace begins to change you and transform your heart and life. Yes, you will still battle the flesh every day, but gradually, you begin to exhibit more and more fruit of the spirit. Today, Pastor Bill will explain a bit about the evidence of the spirit in your life. If you cooperate with the work the spirit is doing in your life, you will be changed. Everything the Lord does in and through you are not dependent on the circumstances of life, but on His incredible power. That’s worth praising him for!
Follow the Leader Part 2
Galatians 5:13-26 • July 7, 2020 • Bill Gehm
There are many ways you can be led astray by the flesh – your human nature. And in order to walk more with the Holy Spirit, it’s important to understand how the sinful flesh tries to work in your life. In all areas, the flesh leads you away from God toward emptiness and despair. Today, Pastor Bill will encourage you to recognize what may be pulling you away from God. The Holy Spirit will never lead you into sin. If idols, desires, terrible personality traits, and vices lead your life, you must decide if you even have the saving Spirit in you.
Follow the Leader Part 1
Galatians 5:13-26 • July 6, 2020 • Bill Gehm
There are two forces battling within you if you’re a believer in Jesus. The flesh tries to battle with the Holy Spirit in you to guide and control your life. The sinful nature within you leads you to everything that’s contrary to God. But, as Pastor Bill will explain today if you chose to walk in the spirit, letting the Holy Spirit guide you, your fleshly desires fade. So, pray daily to have the Holy Spirit guide you. The spirit is the great teacher, equipper and helper. He will guide you according to God’s will.
Walking in the Spirit Part 2
Galatians 5:16-18 • July 3, 2020 • Bill Gehm
Is there any sin you’re allowing to remain in your life because you know that God is gracious? Maybe it’s not something you do every day, but it’s there and you’re not really fighting it. You’re right to believe that God’s grace is enough to cover up your failings – but don’t make that an excuse to stop fighting it. As Pastor Bill will challenge us in today’s message, sin not only robs you of the intimacy and freedom that Christ wants for you, but it also leads others into sin and away from intimacy with God.
Walking In The Spirit Part 1
Galatians 5:16-18 • July 2, 2020 • Bill Gehm
Are you living in the Holy Spirit? If you happen to be driving a car right now, does your attitude towards other drivers reflect the fruits of the Spirit? You might make the excuse that no one else can hear you, so it’s harmless. That’s not true. As Pastor Bill will remind us, we are always in the presence of the Holy Spirit, whether we acknowledge Him or not. And to allow anger, bitterness or any other attitude or behavior that contradicts His love is to allow our flesh to win over the Spirit.
Excuse Me. You Have a Big Fish Stuck in Your Throat! Part 3
Galatians 5:1-12 • July 1, 2020 • Bill Gehm
Under Christ you’re not obligated to the Law. In fact, the law has never brought salvation for anyone. It simply was given to direct us to our need for God and to give us a clear picture of just how far our rebellion has taken us from Him. As Pastor Bill will point out in today’s message, if you’re going to keep the law – which is a good thing – just make sure your heart knows where it’s salvation truly lies. Keeping the law should only be done out of gratitude for God’s grace and a desire to honor Him.
Excuse Me. You Have a Big Fish Stuck in Your Throat! Part 2
Galatians 5:1-12 • June 30, 2020 • Bill Gehm
Salvation is only through Jesus. There’s nothing you can add to it. In fact, as Pastor Bill will explain in today’s message, when you try to add anything, it actually detracts from grace, and takes you back into a system of oppression under the law. To try to earn God’s favor through keeping those laws is like telling God that the gift He gave through Christ isn’t enough. You can’t ever succeed that way. Any good works or laws you follow should simply be motivated by your gratitude for His complete work of grace.
Excuse Me. You Have a Big Fish Stuck in Your Throat! Part 1
Galatians 5:1-12 • June 29, 2020 • Bill Gehm
In today’s message, Pastor Bill will stress how sin drives you to make really poor choices. Deadly choices. You won’t want to miss the story at the beginning of the message. It’ll probably make you uncomfortable, but it vividly illustrates the absurdity of following sin. It’s made even more absurd by the fact that there is a free way out of it. Jesus made a way for all of us to throw off the burden of sin and the foolishness that it leads us into. All you have to do is believe in Him and trust Him to save you.
The Freedom Part 2
Galatians 5:1 • June 26, 2020 • Bill Gehm
What if you were in prison for years and then were released to live outside of those bars? But that unchained life seemed scarier than the predictable confines of prison walls. This is the step you must take if you want to be an authentic follower of Jesus. Today, Pastor Bill’s message is that your faith in Jesus frees you so you can live a life unhindered by the things that can trap you. When the Holy Spirit guides, you find yourself wanting to do things for God rather than acting out of compulsion.
The Freedom Part 1
Galatians 5:1 • June 25, 2020 • Bill Gehm
Imagine if you were a slave during the Civil War and you’d heard rumors of slavery having been abolished. Yet your master was deceiving you into believing that freedom was unattainable. Pastor Bill gives a passionate message today about living out your freedom in Christ. What this means is that you are no longer under the bondage of laws, but you are free because Jesus died for your sins. Jesus is your true Master, who has given the ultimate sacrifice to rescue you from the slavery of sin.
The Neighborhood Bully Part 2
Galatians 4:21-5:1 • June 24, 2020 • Bill Gehm
Have you ever mixed oil and water? You’ll soon find out they don’t mix. In a similar way, Pastor Bill presents a convincing argument today of how the law, which came before Jesus, doesn’t mix with the grace Jesus offers you. If this seems confusing, know that the law was meant to point you to Jesus. Once He came and died for all, then grace was ushered in, welcoming you into a relationship with God. If this is a foreign idea to you, be comforted in knowing that grace sets you free!
The Neighborhood Bully Part 1
Galatians 4:21-5:1 • June 23, 2020 • Bill Gehm
Memories of your childhood might be laced with scenarios of someone picking on you and those experiences stick with you into adulthood. In today’s message, Pastor Bill introduces the concept of bullying that is woven into scripture from Old Testament to New Testament. How do you overcome a bully that is targeting your heart? Here’s a clue…it has something to do with reacting in your sinful/fleshly nature versus reacting in the Holy Spirit through faith. Don’t be bullied and don’t be a bully.
Back to Bondage? Are you Crazy? Part 3
Galatians 4:6-20 • June 22, 2020 • Bill Gehm
Zeal…its initial description embodies great enthusiasm or energy toward a cause. Being zealous can be a positive attribute. However, when that zeal is directed toward pointing fingers of right and wrong, it’s easily misguided. In today’s passage, Pastor Bill expounds on the importance of running freely toward the things of Christ, while at the same time, stripping yourself of anything that creates a comparison barrier due to self-righteous religiosity. Be zealous for Jesus over rules.
Back to Bondage? Are You Crazy? Part 2
Galatians 4:6-20 • June 19, 2020 • Bill Gehm
Have you ever felt avoided because of a sickness or a physical weakness that you carry? You might have felt like an outcast or useless in the less-than-perfect state you’re in. Today, Pastor Bill mentions Paul as an example of someone who was used mightily even in his weaknesses and infirmities. You also can be confident in knowing that God can and will use you despite your imperfections. Sometimes, people are more receptive to what you might share because you are human and have weaknesses.
Back to Bondage? Are you Crazy? Part 1
Galatians 3:26, 4:6-20 • June 18, 2020 • Bill Gehm
When you think of wearing heavy chains that signify bondage, you feel pulled back by the weight of it. You’re unable to achieve what is ahead because of the burdensome resistance from behind. Instead, Pastor Bill empowers you today to break free from the chains of rules and legalism in order to live an unhindered life of faith. Doing all the right things and following all the rules get you nowhere if your heart isn’t connecting with what God has in store for you. Break those chains and be free!