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Peace and grace all–
this message serves as a gentle reminder that our study of the book of Galatians did end on last Wednesday. I didn’t want for any of you to be sitting on Zoom or Facebook waiting for the study to begin later this eve. We will take a short break before beginning another study.

That said, I awoke this morning to a Joyce Meyer event on TV and she was confirming what we learned in the final two weeks of studying Galatians. She explains in her own way how the Spirit in us should take control of our living and thinking. I don’t often listen to Joyce but this teaching is dead on. She explains that salvation in Christ is separate from living in Christ and uses some personal examples to encourage us. Please take a listen and let me know what you think. On her website, it is the show for today (Mar 23rd).

https://joycemeyer.org/todaysshow

Be blessed and RUN WELL,

amb

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Happy Thursday all–

Given, Chapter 5 of Galatians is a good summary of the entire book, and in chapter 5, the Apostle Paul makes the turning point of discussing Saving Faith and Living Faith, I wanted you to have some commentary on this all important chapter. The two(2) pdf files attached are from The Message of Galatians (revised edition, IVP 2020) by John R W Stott. The markings in the pdf are my personal emphasis and notes and indicate how I prepare for Bible study and sermons. For readability, the pdf files can be enlarged to your preference via computer, tablet or phone.

Be encouraged,

amb

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Peace and grace all–

TODAY is ASH WEDNESDAY and our SEASON of LENT 2022 begins!

We invite you to share in the 5 minute ceremony and imposition of ashes at 7pm tonight. Each of us will apply the ashes at the beginning of Bible Study, streamed live via Zoom and Facebook. The scripture text for the imposition of ashes is Joel 2:1-2 and 12-17.

Ash Wednesday Observance:
Prepare the ashes ahead of time by completely burning either a piece of the palm from last year, a small piece of paper, dead leaf, or a stick match. Burn the item completely in a small glass bowl and pulverize or crush the remaining black ash. Finally, add a few drops of olive or other oil and mix to make a slurry.

Tonight as we gather, apply the ash in the shape of the cross to either your forehead or back of your hand with a finger or Q-tip. Do this for all members in your household. Even if you do not join us on the media platforms, you may participate with your family in the Ash Wednesday observance at 7pm. Simply read the scripture aloud, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; offer a short prayer and apply the ashes saying,
“from dust I came, and to dust I return as my spirit is set free.”

Bible Study – Galatians chapter 4:
See the attached notes (2 pdf files) for last week and tonight’s study. We are in week 8 and will study the entire chapter 4 tonight.
The Apostle Paul makes his final arguments for justification by faith in Jesus Christ alone!

Join us in the study as we begin the Lenten season.

Galatians – Week8

Peace and grace all–

TODAY is ASH WEDNESDAY and our SEASON of LENT 2022 begins!

We invite you to share in the 5 minute ceremony and imposition of ashes at 7pm tonight. Each of us will apply the ashes at the beginning of Bible Study, streamed live via Zoom and Facebook. The scripture text for the imposition of ashes is Joel 2:1-2 and 12-17.

Ash Wednesday Observance:
Prepare the ashes ahead of time by completely burning either a piece of the palm from last year, a small piece of paper, dead leaf, or a stick match. Burn the item completely in a small glass bowl and pulverize or crush the remaining black ash. Finally, add a few drops of olive or other oil and mix to make a slurry.

Tonight as we gather, apply the ash in the shape of the cross to either your forehead or back of your hand with a finger or Q-tip. Do this for all members in your household. Even if you do not join us on the media platforms, you may participate with your family in the Ash Wednesday observance at 7pm. Simply read the scripture aloud, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; offer a short prayer and apply the ashes saying,
“from dust I came, and to dust I return as my spirit is set free.”

Bible Study – Galatians chapter 4:
See the attached notes (2 pdf files) for last week and tonight’s study. We are in week 8 and will study the entire chapter 4 tonight.
The Apostle Paul makes his final arguments for justification by faith in Jesus Christ alone!

Join us in the study as we begin the Lenten season.

Blessings students of the Bible–

see the links below for two short videos on Galatians. We are halfway through our winter Bible study and we want to make certain we are on the same page concerning this important epistle. The videos give further insight into the purpose of the letter and our correct handling of the primary message:
Justification from God by faith in Jesus Christ alone. After viewing each, please feel free to let me know if these items were helpful to you and our study.

1. The Galatians Effect

2. Galatians – #BibleProject

Amb Ross
https://strawbridgeumc.org/live

Peace and grace all–

Tonight we venture into Chapter 3 of Galatians, and we warn some of you, this is some of the most radical theology Christianity has to offer.
While you know well how Jesus died, do you recall the reason He was put to death? I challenge you to research how the following pioneers of the faith were subsequently put to death:
John the Baptist
Peter
Paul
John the disciple
James
If you thought this gospel message and faith of ours came easy, your eyes will be widened in tonight’s study. The sixty verses of Galatians 3 and 4 are some of the strongest writing Paul ever penned. My description of it (and message on Sunday) will call it “gangster.” Paul was in a battle to prove salvation is by GRACE ALONE, and not by works of the Law. The Apostle is no amateur when it comes to debate and uses six different arguments to prove that God saves sinners through faith in Christ and not by human effort through works. Here is the scripture argument category breakdown:
personal argument – Galatians 3:1-5
scriptural argument – 3:6-14
logical argument – 3:15-29
historical argument – 4:1-11
sentimental argument – 4:12-18
allegorical argument – 4:19-31
Examining these critical scriptural text gives us clarity for Jesus’ response in Luke 18:26-27, when He was asked “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus responded, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

Join us in the study and let’s together fully understand this Radical Provocation: Justification by Faith Alone!

Galatians – Week5

Peace and grace all–

On last week in the fourth lesson, the Apostles Paul and Peter meet in Antioch and a public confrontation ensues. Paul accuses Peter of being a hypocrite and confusing others (like Barnabas) because Peter first participated in full fellowship with Gentile converts and only pulled back after friends of James came to town and instigated. Peter appeared to have been more afraid of the Circumcision Party than protecting the truth of the gospel. We learn that Christian leadership can be in error and gravely lead others to errors as well. Paul goes on to show that our salvation is built on two principles, justification and faith.

Justification is the ability to be made right (or righteous) by one who is the Judge. Faith is then the belief that justification is made possible and available, and knowing that it comes only on account of Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith and propitiation for our sins. In this lesson, we dig deeper and explore the opposite of justifying faith, works of the law or the “works” gospel.

See the attached notes (pdf) for TONIGHT’S encounter.

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Peace and grace all–

Last night, Wednesday, Jan 26th, (7pm), we shared in Lesson 3 of the Galatians study.
See the attached Lesson 3 study notes and map of the Apostle Paul’s missionary journeys and trip to Rome.

Feel free to revisit the Zoom meeting of the lesson on our church FaceBook page.

https://www.facebook.com/DiscipleshipAdventure/videos/2690090574620959

Amb Ross
https://strawbridgeumc.org/live

Peace and grace all–On last week in the first lesson, we established the problem the early church in Galatia faced, namely, religious legalism had been championed by certain Jewish converts to Christianity. They had convinced the Galatians that many of the Mosaic laws and traditions had to be followed for the people to be “true Christians.” It is not surprising that in our day almost every cult and distorted form of religion involves some type of legalism. Even within the major Christian churches, there is always the danger that we will substitute our own requirements for God’s way of redemption.Paul took offense to this and penned the letter that strongly argues against all false gospels. He begins his argument with an appeal through his personal history (Chapters 1-2), an appeal through doctrinal or theological considerations (Chapters 3-4, and finally an appeal by a challenge to spiritual living (Chapters 5-6). We pick up where we left off last week, chapter 1 verses 11-12 and go to the end of the chapter 1. See if you can identify with anything Paul reveals about his own conversion and introduction to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Peace and grace all–

The Letter to the Galatians is often called the Magna Cart of Christian liberty, as it deals with the age old question of whether a Gentile must become a Jew before he can become a Christian. Certain Judaizing teachers had infiltrated the churches of Galatia in central Asia Minor, which the Apostle Paul had founded. They claimed that in addition to faith in Jesus Christ, believers were also obligated to keep the Mosaic law. Paul’s letter is an attempt to set the record straight and show the church once and for all that faith is Jesus is the only requisite for full salvation.