Losing My Religion

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Losing My Religion

January 10 - February 7, 2016

Paul's letter to the Galatian churches stands out in the New Testament as one of the most stark re-imaginings of what it means to be a part of God's family, calling into question many of the most foundational religious assumptions of the first century. Perhaps this letter can help us today, as many of our own foundational religious assumptions are in need of some re-imagining of their own.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Audio | Video | Galatians 1:1-12

Losing My Religion (Part 1)

The Apostle Paul comes out swinging at at the churches of Galatia, accusing them of turning to "another gospel." The challenge of holding to the "true gospel" is just as significant today as it was when the church was still in its infancy—we are inundated every day with competing gospels. Paul wants to be sure that we don't elevate our religion over the grace—the free, unmerited, unconditional gift—that we have received from God in Christ.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Audio | Video | Galatians 2:11-21

Losing My Religion (Part 2)

Paul relates the story of his confrontation with Peter over the question of how Gentiles are included in the Christian community, which leads him into a discussion of how anyone—Jew or Gentile—is justified before God. His answer to that question challenged the early church, and it challenges us today.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Audio | Video | Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29

Losing My Religion (Part 3)

Paul berates the Galatian churches for missing the point of the gospel so spectacularly, assuming that all the old divisions still mattered after Jesus. On the contrary, in Christ, everything has changed. Who we are no longer matters at all; the only thing that matters is who Christ is.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Audio | Video | Galatians 5:1-6, 13-23

Losing My Religion (Part 4)

Paul deepens his discussion of contrasting flesh with spirit, now making it personal: are we the sort of people who bear the fruit of the spirit in our lives or not? It all depends on where we place our trust.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Audio | Video | Galatians 6:1-10

Losing My Religion (Part 5)

After spending five chapters arguing that the Galatians don't need to be so hung up on the law, Paul closes his letter by offering another law—one that is far simpler and far more transformative. He calls it "the law of Christ."