Galatians 2:1-6

(Galatians 2:1-6) - Paul’s consistent message. Paul never wavered in the message that he preached. It was always the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by grace through faith alone for anyone who believes...Jew or Gentile. He wasn’t controlled by highly influential people in the church. He was controlled by the Holy Spirit. God told him to …

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Galatians 1:18-24

(Galatians 1:18-24) - Paul shares his story For those who hadn’t yet become well acquainted with Paul, it would’ve been weird to hear him saying the things he was saying. He had developed a reputation, and him sharing his story of life change was necessary in order to remove suspicion about his motives. And not …

Galatians 1:10-17

(Galatians 1:10-17) - Pleasing God vs. pleasing man Paul knew that his sharp condemnation of those who preached a false gospel would create backlash. Some of that would come directly from the false teachers, and other parts of it would come from those who followed them. Paul wasn’t in it for human praise. Being a …

Galatians 1:1-9

(Galatians 1:1-9) - No other Gospel This book, written to a group of churches in Asia Minor, focuses on the centrality of a “by-Grace-through-Faith-alone” salvation. Even though the good news about Jesus is very simple, it is often complicated by sinful people who feel the need to add to or take away from what Christ …

Judges 17

(Judges 17) - A house of idolatry The writer of judges continues to reveal the theme of godlessness in Israel at this time in their history. The predominant way of thinking was guided by fleshly lusts and religiosity. They tried to figure out what would please their idea of “God” and did that. Micah’s story …

Judges 16:18-31

(Judges 16:18-31) - “he did not know that the Lord had left him.” When we continually come in contact with truth, but don’t respond to it, our hearts become calloused. A calloused heart isn’t sensitive to the leading of God’s Spirit. It doesn’t notice when the Lord is intervening to bring it back in repentence. …

Judges 16:1-17

(Judges 16:1-17) - Sin makes you stupid. The most famous part of Samson’s story is found here in his interactions with Delilah. She is an unbelieving Philistine woman from Gaza, a heavily fortified city in enemy territory. Samson’s lusts have again led him to this point. He is ruled by this idol of his. We …