Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from his sermon on Galatians and how God’s grace gives us the freedom to love.
I don’t think any of us have ever been tempted to obey the Law of Moses and try and become Jewish by getting circumcised or keeping the Sabbath or following the kosher food laws in an effort to please God.
But I wonder if we are still tempted to rely on ourselves rather than to simply rely on what Jesus has done to make us acceptable to God.
Such is the strength of our self-reliance, our need to be in control of our destiny. our sense that we can manage without anyone else’s help, that it’s easy to imagine that knowingly or (more likely) unknowingly we’ve been acting as if God accepts us because we have made ourselves acceptable.
But the point that Paul has made is that when it comes to living as God has called us to, living in a right relationship with him and with others, living as his image-bearers caring for all that he has made, then we just don’t have what it takes. We need his help.
And that’s what he offers, freely, through the death of Christ, who restores us to God, and who then generously gives us his Holy Spirit, so that we might live the way we were made to, not to earn God’s favour, but to reflect our gratitude and to be his witness in the world.
[Reflecting on Galatians 3.1-14 and Galatians 5.1 and 13-14]