By Randy Belk
I have the privilege of wrapping up the Read Your Bible – Galatians series this Sunday. Over the past four weeks we have looked at how being a follower of Christ is based on faith plus nothing else, how we are free from the law, and how we operate from freedom, not for freedom. Along the way, we have talked about the importance of reading your Bible and how to use the SOAP method. As we bring the series to a close, we are going to spend some time looking at the practical application of how all of this should be lived out in the life of a believer.
Over the years, I have had many conversations where I explain to folks that becoming a follower of Christ is easy, but being a follower of Christ can sometimes be difficult. God didn’t make it difficult, we did. We have added rules, regulations, and expectations that can make following Christ seem like an insurmountable hill. In Chapter 6, we will see how that is not what God intends for us. This past Sunday Matt Dawson spoke about how we live from a place of freedom. In Chapter 6 Paul tells us what that looks like in real life, and I promise you it’s not hard. It may be a little counterintuitive, because it means being led by the Holy Spirit, instead of leading ourselves, but the end result is a life that draws us closer to God, frees us to live the life God wants for us, and allows us to truly focus on the well-being of others, as we put their needs ahead of our own.
I encourage you to be with us Sunday, or join us online at http://journey.churchonline.org/. I also encourage you to read ahead. Go ahead. Read Galatians Chapter 6 and try out the SOAP Method. See if you have the same observations that I have. If you don’t, that’s ok. That’s one of the cool things about being led by the Spirit. He speaks to us in unique ways that addresses where we are in our walk with Him. I look forward to seeing you all Sunday morning.
By Matt Dawson
How Do We STAY Free?
Galatians 5:1 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
As we continue our “Read Your Bible” Series in the book of Galatians, I hope that you are being encouraged and challenged in your faith.
If you’ve not been able to attend the past few Sundays at Journey, I encourage you to visit our YouTube Channel or www.thejourneyonline.com so that you can catch up.. Obviously, you’re READING along and will hopefully have noticed the same theme coming up over and over again.
That theme is FREEDOM.
The church in Galatia isn’t all that different than modern day western churches. It seems to be a timeless struggle to understand the freedom we have in Christ and our call to live according to His Word. One seems restrictive and obligatory, the other seems to be carefree and unaccountable.
This Sunday, we’re going to narrow in on HOW we stay free. HOW we can live in freedom while holding tightly to the ideals and instructions we’ve been given by God. HOW do we keep ourselves FREE from adding our self-effort to Christ’s work, while still understanding our call to reject a sinful life and see the power of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.
I hope you will join us this Sunday at 9 & 11am. I look forward to seeing you then.
By Zack DeBerry
I am always excited when we do a Read Your Bible series here at Journey. It is a great time to be reminded of the importance of reading the text of the Bible independently and to find meaning in the words that are written for our day to day lives. I am really excited to be diving into the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church of Galatia. This letter is a great reminder to the church of today that the work Jesus Christ did on the Cross is truly all that is needed to be made right with him.
In a day and age where the rules are being re-written and new standards are being adopted every day, Galatians serves as a reminder that for the followers of Christ it all begins and ends with Jesus and the work He accomplished on the Cross. Nothing else should be added to or taken away from that work. If it is, just as Paul told the believers in Galatia, we have fallen for a different and false gospel.
This week we will set the stage as we look together at Chapters 1 and 2 of this important text together. I am excited to share with the body the incredible Truth that Galatians holds for us today. I hope you will join us at 9 or 11 AM in Huntersville, or online as we start this Read Your Bible series.