How good it was to come together this morning and worship this morning! In various way the Lord was reminding us of his grace poured out on because of the finished work of Christ on the cross. If you missed the message this morning you can listen to it here. As we reviewed the text what emerged was this truth that the gospel is from God alone for His glory alone. Below are some questions and comments that I hope will serve you in deepening your understanding of Paul’s letter to the Galatians and encourage you in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
1. Paul makes it clear that the one, true gospel was God’s idea not his, or any other man’s. Why was it so important for him to show that the gospel he preached came directly from God, through a revelation of Christ?
2. Paul testifies that despite his absolute hostility towards Christians and the Church Christ broke into his world, showed him mercy and changed him forever. Furthermore he indicates that this “intervention” was actually planned “before I was born”. What effect does this have on your understanding of God’s sovereignty in your own life?
3. As news of Paul’s conversion gets around many are amazed and glorify God because of it. The outworking of the gospel is meant to direct our attention back to God, the author of the gospel. In your time with the Lord this week consider your life before you were converted. Then, tell someone else how you came to Christ. Eric encouraged us to start with someone close to us such as our kids, our roommate or a close friend. Still better, pray that God would give you an opportunity to share your story with someone who’s not a Christian. Who do you plan to share your testimony with?
4. When you think about your conversion testimony or when you’ve actually shared it with someone else who’s activity is featured most prominently —- yours or God’s?
As you apply this message, I realize that for some a temptation exists to think that their testimony isn’t that interesting because their sins were not overtly dramatic, rebellious or wicked. They were always “basically good”. The Bible doesn’t support that view and in fact says our “righteousness is like filthy rags”. There really aren’t two categories: the “good” and the “bad”. There’s just one, “bad” — and we were all in it together.
Paul had first- hand experience with God’s grace. That’s why it figures so prominently in his letters, especially in Galatians. By grace we’ve been saved and in Christ alone we’ve been firmly grounded!
All of Grace,