Martin Luther warned that the people of the church are always in danger of their hearts straying from the truth of the good news of the kingdom of God found in the person and work of Jesus Christ. It was true in Luther’s day, and it is still true in our day. It was even true at the very beginning of the movement of Jesus followers, for a man like Peter, whose heart had strayed from loyalty to the teachings of Jesus, back into old loyalties.
So the Apostle Paul challenged Peter, and the Galatian Christians
“to stop allowing controversial Torah observances to divide their church's congregation. His letter to the church in Galatia reminds the Church to embrace and follow the gospel message of the crucified Messiah. The requirement for non-Jewish Christians to become Torah observers and be circumcised or eat kosher misses the point. Jesus alone fulfills the laws of Torah and justifies believers.” (The Bible Project)
Would you join me in preparing for this coming Sunday by reading and studying Paul’s letter to the Galatians? It will only take you about 20 minutes to read in one sitting, leaving you plenty of time this week to prayerfully meditate upon it. And I highly recommend that you check out the resource page on this letter that The Bible Project has produced to aid you in further study.
I’m looking forward to our Sunday gathering together,
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