The Inside Scoop - February 2018

  • Various Contributors
  • Feb 5, 2018
  • Series: St James Connect Newsletter (Monthly)

Inside Scoop

New Morning Sermon Series: Freedom and Obligation - Galatians for today

Paul’s letter to the Galatians is one of his most important and yet, paradoxically, also one of the most neglected, at least at a popular level. Martin Luther said of it: “The Epistle to the Galatians is my own epistle. I have betrothed myself to it. It is my Katie von Bora” – this because in Luther’s opinion, no other letter so clearly championed the great doctrine of justification by faith alone in the finished work of Christ alone.

Paul wrote the letter to believers in Galatia who were beginning to lose their way spiritually. Under the influence of powerful and persuasive teachers they were beginning to fall back into works religion as the key to a full experience of the blessing of God. To use Paul’s words – “having begun by the Spirit they were trying to attain their goal by human effort” (Galatians 3:3). Sadly, this same pull to works’ righteousness continues to affect Christians today. We are by nature self-justifiers!

And so, it is important for us to listen again to Paul’s urgent appeal to the Galatian believers so that we may avoid the trap into which they fell and rediscover both the freedom and obligation of life under the glorious grace of God

New Sunday morning series at both the 8am and 10am services.

 

New Evening Sermon Series in February - Following  Jesus Together.

Join us as we look at the first part of Luke’s journey narrative from chapter 9:51 to 10:42.

 

Midweek Studies

If you are not part of a smaller midweek study group within our church family, there are a few options available. Some are home-based, and others meet on our campus. For more info contact Jean at the church office:

Exodus: The Long Walk to Freedom

In 1994 the autobiography of Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom was published. Given the iconic status of the man and the remarkable story of his life, it is little wonder that the book was an immediate best seller or that even now, 24 years later, it continues to be widely read.

About 3300 years before Nelson Mandela was born, another long walk to freedom took place. The story of this journey from Slavery to the Promised Land is recorded in the book of Exodus, one of the foundational books of Ancient Israel. It is an extraordinary story – a story of a promise kept, a people set free and of a nation formed. But more than that, it is the story of the Living God and His saving work – a gospel story which finds its ultimate fulfillment in the liberation not of one nation, but of people from every tribe and tongue and nation under Heaven. As Jesus, the true hero of that long walk to freedom put it: “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin…” but “…if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:34-36).

Join us for midweek studies as we look at the book of Exodus and think through its application to our lives as followers of Jesus.