Our text for today is [esvignore]Galatians 3:1-6[/esvignore] where we discover Paul returning to the Galatian problem with strong language. Our focus is [esvignore]verse 3[/esvignore], “Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” In this sermon, we are challenged to consider our own tendency to revert to law-keeping and living a performance-based life of law-keeping and futile striving in order to please God. We are challenged to mortify such faulty thinking which leads us only to defeat and despair, instead embracing Christ by simple faith. We are presented by the Bible with a free gift, one that liberates us and makes us free indeed, we must take this gift by faith alone, rather than some futile attempt to earn it for ourselves. If you are exhausted by your efforts to earn God’s favor (and many are), please listen.
Our public reading for today was [esvignore]Ezekiel 16:1-14[/esvignore]. Our benediction came from [esvignore]2 Corinthians 13:14[/esvignore]
We closed our service with Charles Wesley’s And Can It Be?