Roadblock

Continuing to unpack the contrast between faith and the law, Paul opens up a new way to understand what has happened in and through Christ: a curse has been lifted. The law, intended for individual and community health, was good and had its place. But, because of the way that it had been used/misused over […]

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Bewitched

Paul accuses his Galatian friends of being “bewitched” by those who are leading them to believe they need to add anything to their faith in Christ. What does he mean by that? In this sermon, we’ll look at two ways that Paul tries to “break the spell” and bring the church back to the realization […]

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With Christ, In Christ

About this Series: What does it mean to live in a way that is Truly Free as a follower of Christ? The book of Galatians is one of the earliest biblical letters, written by the apostle Paul to a church that was struggling with how to best understand the grace they had received from Christ. […]

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Face-to-Face with Two-Face

The scene in the letter to the Galatian church now shifts to an earlier event in the city of Antioch. This was one of the largest and most influential cities in the Roman Empire at the time, and Christianity had grown quickly. Peter visits Paul and seems to feel confident in his conviction that Jews […]

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Fellowship of Differents

Paul recalls that, while visiting Jerusalem, the issue of circumcision as necessary for conversion to Christianity (apparently an issue for the Galatians at the time) was never brought up or made to be a “deal-breaker” – even for his Greek companion at the time. The question of who’s “in” and who’s “out” (and how to […]

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Sadness

This message was focused on the character, Sadness, from the movie Inside Out and explored what Scripture has to say about the emotion we often try so hard to avoid. About this Series: Inside Out Four times each year, when a fifth Sunday occurs in a month, we do something special at First Friends: we suspend our normal […]

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Reputation Transformation

After a few years of listening, learning and preparation, Paul decides to pay a visit to Peter in Jerusalem. This surprise visit must have been quite a shock to Peter, but the men spend 15 days getting to know one another and hearing each others’ stories. We find out that the churches in Judea had […]

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People Pleasers

This was a unique Sunday as we arrived to our church building in the morning only to find that we had no power! For our 8:30 service, we worshiped in the gym using hymnals, a piano, and an acoustic guitar, since it was the room with the most natural light. Sunday School classes then met […]

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Guard Your Gospel

In the opening sentences of his letter to the Galatians, Paul is clear that two themes will be crucial at the outset: apostleship and gospel. In addition to establishing his authority to act as an apostle for the early churches, Paul emphasizes the necessity of guarding the purity of the gospel. Listen in to learn […]

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Skeptics, Nostalgics and Desperate Divers

On Easter Sunday, we take one last look at a few “fresh starts.” In this sermon, we see three different interactions with the resurrected Christ: Thomas, Mary and Peter. Jesus met each of them, exactly where they were, and offered each what they needed to move forward in faith.

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