Paul's Passion

Sermon Text: Galatians 1:1-21

Today we are beginning a new sermon series called “What’s in Galatians?” which will be a study of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia. One of the reasons for preaching through this book at this time is because we are in the season of Pentecost, and it was after Pentecost that the gospel began to spread beyond Jerusalem into places like the province of Galatia and the non-Jewish people living in those places accepted the truth of the gospel and became part of the new and growing Jesus-community. So, I liked the idea of preaching during Pentecost from a letter that Paul wrote to people who were part of the expanding new church, and in this letter, we get some insight into some of the growing pains that the new church experienced. A second reason for preaching “What’s in Galatians?” is because what’s in Galatians is good news- a lot of good news- and not only do I like preaching good news, but it is to our benefit as Christians to know and understand the good news that this letter contains. In this series we are going to go through all 6 chapters of the letter- not verse by verse, but we will get the picture of the book overall and we’ll look at the key ideas and some key passages that are in Galatians. As we go through this over the next 5 weeks, I invite you to take some time with the book on your own, too. We won’t read every verse here in worship, but you can follow along and read through the whole book at home in whatever fashion works for you- maybe read through it once a week on Sunday evening, or read a chapter a day, or read a chapter a week. It’s a short book so I think you’ll find that reading through it is not an impossible challenge, and with that said, let’s get started on finding out what’s in GalatiansSee full sermon here