James - A Practical Faith

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Our Wednesday night Bible Study has resumed with Covid-19 guidelines.  We are meeting in the gym at 6:00 pm where there is plenty of room for social distancing.  Lon is leading a study of the Book of James - Guidelines for a Practical Faith.  Hope you'll join us!

 

 

Free at Last - Part 8

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A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6 – 6:14
From the ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART EIGHT: Front and Center
Galatians 6:14

OVERVIEW

As we conclude our series on Galatians, let’s remember how Paul has emphasized from the beginning to end how the cross of Jesus delivers us from the burden of sin and the bondage of religion.  While the entire world wanted to take the focus off of the cross, Paul wanted to put it front and center.  So how do we follow Paul’s lead?  Well, he gives us three tremendous reasons why all of our focus should be solely on the cross of Jesus Christ.

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Free at Last - Part 7

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A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6 – 6:14
From the ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART SEVEN: Don’t Waste Your Life
Galatians 6:7-10

OVERVIEW

If I could give one piece of advice to every human that is born as they begin their life, it would be four words: “Don’t waste your life.”  It’s not that there is anything wrong with retirement or having nice things and enjoying life.  The point is we shouldn’t spend our life majoring on those things or those activities.  We should spend our lives sowing, serving, and sharing. Paul urged the church in Galatia to not waste their lives as he was closing out the letter he wrote to them.  Keep in mind the words you are about to read were written by a man who was in prison many times, beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, went without food or shelter, was robbed, and ended up beheaded.  He endured all of it, because he was determined not to waste his life.  Paul gives some tremendous advice which will show you how to be sure you live, not a wasted life, but a worthwhile life.

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Free at Last - Part 6

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A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6 – 6:14
From the ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART SIX: Tender Loving Care
Galatians 6:1-2

OVERVIEW

The letter to the Galatians was written to show how we are not only free from having to keep rules and regulations to be right with God, but we are also free to love others who either don’t know God and need to come to God, or they have come to God but have since fallen away.  How do we treat people who are broken down, burdened down, and breaking down?  How do we make sure as it has been famously said, “We don’t become a museum for saints; we become a hospital for those who are sinning and suffering.”  The scripture gives us three pieces of advice.

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Free at Last - Part 5

Free at LastFREE AT LAST

A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6 – 6:14
From the ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART FIVE: The Only Thing That Counts
Galatians 5:1-6

OVERVIEW

Whether we think it’s fair or not, there is an increasing antipathy, apathy, and antagonism toward the church and modern Christianity unlike anything we’ve ever seen in our nation’s history.  A big part of it is our fault, and it is exactly why a man named Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians, because the church that had been taught the liberty that comes from faith in Jesus was being tempted to replace it with legalism that comes from trying to keep the law.  The problem is still a major issue in the church today, because many Christians believe you have to add “do’s and don’ts” to following Jesus if you want to be a true Christian.  But that’s simply not the case.  When people walk into a true New Testament church, they ought to find two things: the God of grace and the grace of God.  As believers, we must be about the only thing that counts so that unbelievers will see that we understand the only thing that counts.

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Free at Last - Part 4

Free at LastFREE AT LAST

A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6 – 6:14
From the Ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART FOUR: Losing Your Religion
Galatians 3:10-14, 21-22

OVERVIEW

Every religion is basically trying to answer the same two questions: 1) How do you relate to God?, and 2) How can you have a relationship with God?  Not only do all religions ask the same two questions, but they all basically give the same answer - how you live before you die determines where you go after you die.  Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians to show all religious people that if you want to be rightly related to God, you have to lose your religion.  Surprisingly enough, focusing too much on being religious and trying to follow all of the rules and laws can actually keep you from ever finding God.  Jesus did not come to introduce us to a new religion.  He came to deliver us from religion so we could enter into a relationship with God.

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Free at Last - Part 3

Free at LastFREE AT LAST

A BIBLE STUDY OF GALATIANS 1:6 - 6:14
From the ministry of “Touching Lives”

PART THREE: Start Strong, Finish Well
Galatians 3:1-6

OVERVIEW

The church was meant to be centered around the message that focused on three words: God, grace, and Gospel.  The Gospel says everyone can have a relationship with God and be accepted by God because of His grace.  Grace was provided by the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus.  However, there were religious leaders in the early church who came in and wanted to add to the list rules, regulations, and restrictions.  To this day, there is a battle going on between the relationship crowd and the religion crowd.  In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he shares the revolutionary message that God wants to accept everyone into His family by grace, and the only ticket needed is faith.  Because of God, and the grace of God, and the Gospel of God, we are free from the shackles of legalism.  We do not have to be good enough for God, because we can never be good enough for God.  Jesus was enough for all of us.  Once we accept Jesus and His free gift of grace, through faith in Him, God completely and totally accepts us.

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