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Preaching on Galatians and Colossians The opportunities: An early start! Galatians Six Sundays in June-July [Pentecost, Trinity, Then Pentecost 2-7] Colossians Fours Sundays in July-August [Pentecost 8 to 11]. Preaching on Galatians
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and Colossians, and the OT and the Gospel, with a Kid’s talk, a Baptism and Sea Sunday and Social Justice...
of leaving no stone unturned...
Galatians and Colossians
More than a theology lecture.
More than an exercise in exegesis.
Me and my issue.
Your issue too?
God’s provision and response and call.
You. What will you do?
We. What would we look like if we did act this way?
Not able to get beyond scattered exegesis?
Then ask yourself these 5 questions:
What do they need to know? Information Why do they need to know it? Motivation What do they need to do? Application
Why do they need to do it? Inspiration How can I help them remember? Reiteration
Andy Stanley “Communicating for a change”
It is through God’s grace alone that our sin-illness is diagnosed, our weakened wills challenged, and a cure of grace is made available.
Augustine of HippoContra Pelagius
The righteousness of God is not a punishing of our efforts, but a gift given to sinners who believe. We trust in this personal gift and we are justified by grace through faith, and God’s righteousness is imputed to us.
and Catholic works/merit
Martin Luther’s Study
Justification as a means to get Jewish Christians to see Gentile Christians are part of Israel.
*Covenentalnomism: Jews of the time believed that God created the covenant by a loving grace-filled act, and law was the a part of the people’s response of the obedience of faith.
*New perspective on Paul
When Paul is referring to ‘Works of the Law’ which will not justify he has in mind:
Sabbath, Circumcision, and Kosher. Not....
Gal. 1.1 June 2nd 2013 Paul an apostle—sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead—2and all the members of God’s family* who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,4who gave himself for our sins to set us free from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,5to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—7not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.8
But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed!9As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!
10 Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant* of Christ. And from
11 For I want you to know, brothers and sisters,* that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin;12for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it.14I advanced in Judaism beyond many among my people of the same age, for I was far more zealous for the traditions of my ancestors.15But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased16to reveal his Son to me,* so that I might proclaim him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with any human being,17nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were already apostles before me, but I went away at once into Arabia, and afterwards I returned to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him for fifteen days;19but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord’s brother.20In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!21Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia,22and I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea that are in Christ;23they only heard it said, ‘The one who formerly was persecuting us is now proclaiming the faith he once tried to destroy.’24And they glorified God because of me.
We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners;16yet we know that a person is justified* not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ.*And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ,* and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law.17But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not!18But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor.19For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ;20and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,*who loved me and gave himself for me.21I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification* comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
Faith isn't faith unless it is the last thing you are hanging on to...
the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God
The life I now live, I live by faith in the Son of God. St Paul Galatians 3.20
For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the things written in the book of the law.’11Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law; for ‘The one who is righteous will live by faith.’*12But the law does not rest on faith; on the contrary, ‘Whoever does the works of the law* will live by them.’13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’—14in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed.24Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith.25But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian,26for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.27As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring,* heirs according to the promise.
Write a letter of support for whoever is being discriminated against at the moment and invite people to sign it.
For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.... [12I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!]
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters;* only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence,* but through love become slaves to one another.14For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’15If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.17For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.19Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions,21envy,* drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,23gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted.2Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil* the law of Christ.3For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves.4All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbour’s work, will become a cause for pride.5For all must carry their own loads.
6 Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher.
7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow.8If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.9So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.10So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.
Final Admonitions and Benediction
11 See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand!12It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.13Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh.1
4May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which* the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.15For* neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything!16As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.
18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters.* Amen.
in the Col.
A most high goddess, via Egypt
Controlling the elements
of earth, air, fire and water.
Similar to Mithras from Persia/Iran.
“The Saviour, the hearer of all,
Giver of life, protector of families, guardian of the fields, healer and deliverer of those who seek her, protector of sailors and travellers”
Also popular in Thessalonica, Philippi, Ephesus, Corinth
Probably Paul. From Prison in…
Inland from Ephesus
Indigenous Phrygian and Greek settlers
Possible 2 thousand Jews
Cybele popular great mother goddess
Isis Apollo Syncretistic mystery rel.
also syncretistic “Judaism”
Mithras earth air fire water from Persia
Not a Pauline church, perhaps Epaphras.
Note connections with names in Philemon.
1.19 Fullness 2.18 self-abasement angels
2.21 do not handle, taste, touch.
2.23 rigor devotion severity to the body
2.8 and 20 elemental spirits
How to prepare for vision and knowledge?
By asceticism and self-denial
1.Mystery religions or
2.Proto-gnostic syncretism or
3.Jewish syncretism or
4.Some form of Judaism.
a. Christ both cosmic agent and reconciler
b. Even reconciling cosmic powers
c. Human historical Christ
2. Apostolic tradition not human tradition or wisdom, or philosophy. Mystery, now revealed. 3. True Christian living superior to ascetics.
Household codes and submit to Christ.
Syncretism is the combining of different (often seemingly contradictory) beliefs, often while melding practices of various schools of thought.... thus asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an inclusive approach to other faiths.
“We Christians share our Father Abraham with our fellow Jewish and Islamic believers. We are Abrahamic faiths” said Barry.
“Oh yes” said Fred with a twinkle in his eye “Would that be the Jewish Father Abraham who was given the land of Canaan, or the Christian Father Abraham whose faith was reckon as righteousness apart from the Law, or the Prototype Islamic Father Abraham who was really Muslim who predated the errors found in Judaism and Christianity?”
“Umm” replied Barry.
Richard Harris as
Abraham in the movie.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters* in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. 3 In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,5because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel6that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God.7This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant.* He is a faithful minister of Christ on your* behalf,8and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s* will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled* you* to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son,14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.*
to support the sermon:
Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;16for in* him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him.17He himself is before all things, and in* him all things hold together.18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.
21 And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,22he has now reconciled* in his fleshly body* through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— 23provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.
Col 2.6-19 For I want you to know how much I am struggling for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me face to face.2I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself,*3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.4I am saying this so that no one may deceive you with plausible arguments.5For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I rejoice to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives* in him,7rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe,* and not according to Christ.9For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,10and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.11In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision,* by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ;12when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.13And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God* made you* alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, 14erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. 15He disarmed* the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.
August 4th 2013 11th Sunday after Pentecost
So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.4When Christ who is your* life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry).6On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.*7These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.*
8But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive* language from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices10and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.11In that renewal* there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
Remember the positive.
‘What would it look like if....
‘Imagine a church/disciple...