“No Other Gospel” (Galatians 1:1-12)

Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 2, 2013

“No Other Gospel” (Galatians 1:1-12)

Today is the first of six straight weeks in which the Epistle reading comes from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians. And so that is what I intend to use as the basis for a sermon series over these weeks, namely, Galatians. I think you will find this series helpful, because as we make our way through Galatians, we will gain great insight into some very important topics, for example: the exclusive nature of the gospel of Christ, that it alone saves; the proper distinction of Law and Gospel; the central doctrine of the Christian faith, that is, justification; the Sacrament of Baptism; and the Christian life of sanctification, the fruit of the Spirit vs. the works of the flesh. Galatians is a very rich epistle in its teaching.

And may I suggest a little devotional exercise to do over these coming weeks: Try reading through Galatians at least once a week, each time all the way through, in one sitting. It won’t take you that long, it’s only six chapters. It may take you, oh, a half-hour or less each time. Get to become very familiar with this epistle as we preach our way through it.

To begin with, then, since we’re going to spend a good amount of time in this epistle, I suppose it would be helpful to start out with a little background information. Who were these Galatians? Where was this place, Galatia? And what was it that prompted Paul to write this letter?

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“Anger” (Galatians 5:1, 13-25)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
June 27, 2010

Rev. Tom Egger, guest preacher

“Anger” (Galatians 5:1, 13-25)

Anger. Have you ever been angry? Our text tells us that things like hatred, discord, and fits of rage belong to the sinful nature. Such things in our lives make us undeserving to one day inherit the kingdom of God. That’s what God thinks of sinful anger. Instead, St. Paul commends to us the fruits of the Spirit, the dispositions that God desires to work in our hearts. Paul lists nine fruits of the Spirit, and of them, five could almost be given as exact opposites for sinful anger: love, peace, patience, gentleness, and self-control. Those are the qualities that God desires in your life, and that He Himself is working in your life through His Spirit.

Anger is hard to describe or define, but we all know what it is, right? It’s that feeling and change that comes over your whole body and soul–that feeling of irritation and outrage. Anger is powerful. If another person is angry with you, even if that angry person doesn’t DO anything else to you, just the knowledge that they are angry with you is often upsetting. Have you ever begun to wonder if someone is upset or angry with you–from a strange look or from someone’s silence–and it can ruin your whole day. You aren’t at peace until you find out whether that person is angry with you, and if so, why. Anger is a powerful force within us and within our relationships.

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“The Father’s Day” (Galatians 3:23 – 4:7)

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
June 20, 2010

“The Father’s Day” (Galatians 3:23 – 4:7)

Today is Fathers’ Day, a day when we honor our fathers for the blessing that they are to us. This is good and right that we do this–especially you fourteen-year-old girls out there in the congregation! Be sure to honor your father today!

Now for many of us, our fathers are long gone. But that does not mean we don’t have a Father to honor today. In fact, I want to suggest to you that this is “The Father’s Day,” a great day to thank and praise our heavenly Father.

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