Thursday, September 15, 2011

"grace to you"

Iron Men,

As you may know, the Apostle Paul is one of a handful of men who absolutely changed the world in which we live. One way he did so was by planting Christian churches all over the Mediterranean world, within a generation of Christ's ministry.

When Paul planted a church, he planted the flag for justification (being right with God) by grace alone through faith in Christ alone.

But often, after he planted a church & moved on to continue his work, false teachers would come in and trouble the church by contradicting Paul. "NO!," they would insist, "If you're going to be saved, you're going to need more than just simple faith in Christ!" And then they would start listing what else (besides Christ) one would need for salvation.

When Paul writes back to the Galatians to address this attack on the gospel, he plunges right in. "Grace to you," he says in v.3.

"Grace to you." It was a loaded phrase in that situation. And to understand its meaning is to understand this letter that Paul wrote. And to understand this letter, is to understand the gospel. And to understand the gospel is to understand the whole Bible.

We're studying Galatians together on Tuesday mornings. 6:30 am at the church. Always out by 7:30 am.

Why don't you start re-reading Galatians now to prepare the ground of your heart & mind for a good time of group study? And don't forget to invite a friend. This is too good to keep to ourselves.

Iron Men of DPC

Forged by God; Sharpened by Brothers

Iron sharpens Iron, and one man sharpens another. ~ Proverbs 27.17

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