Biblical Law serves many purposes; it shows our failures, our need for a redeemer, and even how to live in light of the Gospel. But it cannot save. Only he can.
Christ has freed us from the curse of the law, so now we can by faith.
Grace is sufficient, and a free gift in faith. We cannot add to this gift, or we cheapen it.
Sometimes, the loving thing for us to do involves confronting our Christian brothers and sisters, humbly, by pointing them to Christ and the Gospel.
We all enter into salvation the same way, by grace. So there can be no feeling of superiority. There are no second-class Christians, because there is only one Gospel!
God has provided one, clear path to salvation. There is one gospel, though many gospel pretenders.
Galatians stands as a clear example of grace unmerited and clear exhortation that adding any extra rules to the Gospel strips it of its power. In this brief opening, Paul reminds the Galatians of the Gospel and his calling to apostleship by Christ.
The Gospel is our only hope, not the beginning of our faith, but the beginning, middle, and end.
"Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again."
Christ suffered Hell (the wrath of and separation from God) for our sake. Christians can now, in gratitude, endure any hardship in this life for His sake.
By loving Christ and remaining steadfast in our faith, Christians are promised a grace and peace that surpass all understanding.
Christians have a new identity, as a member of the body of Christ. We are no longer individuals, but part of something bigger.
Does the reality of Christ's return encourage or threaten you?
We encourage others by pointing to the one, true hope that lasts forever, Jesus.
Biblical love requires sacrifice, and this pertains to all aspects of our lives (even sex), as we strive after Him, motivated by the grace shown to us in Jesus.
In our spiritual walk, we can never grow beyond our need for God and the prayers of other saints, pleading to the Father on our behalf. Our prayer begins and ends with who He is.
As Christians, we are called to a hard life of persecution and suffering, all as part of the mission of sharing the good news of the Gospel.
Everything but God will fail us ultimately (whether spouse, money, health, or anything else). Where do you find joy?
We should make every effort, as Christians, to help others in their pursuit of Christ. As fellow Christians, we are all part of the new spiritual family found only in him.
Often, it can be far too easy to confuse discipline and bodily stewardship with an obsession for all things health related. And ultimately, it isn't our bodies that need saving, but our souls.