Wounds from a Friend

We’ve all been hurt by someone close to us. Sometimes we’ve done nothing to deserve that kind of experience. But, other times, wounds from a friend are intended to help and heal us, not to hurt us. Paul feels rejected by the Galatians, after developing a deep and meaningful relationship, simply because he is now […]

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Whales, Wilderness, and Worship

Even after we’ve received the knowledge of God’s great love for us, and experienced the reconciliation with God given to us through the Cross, we still have a tendency to return to our “old ways” and the “old gods” we used to follow. Uncomfortable with navigating the unknown territory of freedom, we sometimes wander back […]

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When the Children Cry Out

Before we know of Christ and God’s great love for us, we are under the control of any number of people, pressures, forces and authorities. But, when the “fullness of time” had arrived and God revealed his Son, all those other sources lost their power. God sends the Spirit into the hearts of those who […]

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Clothed with Christ

What you wear can sometimes say a lot about how you see yourself and the identity you’ve chosen. In the passage, Paul invites his listeners to be “clothed in Christ” and what that means for all our other forms of identification, as we come together as a united Body of Christ.  About this Series: What […]

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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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