FROM THE DESK OF WILL SPOKES, SENIOR PASTOR
Welcome to the Red Mountain Sunday Recap!
The Sunday Recap includes an assortment of items to help keep the Gospel in front of you throughout the week. Most are from the previous Sunday while a couple look ahead to next Sunday. As you read consider these questions. Did anything land with you during worship? What did it make you think? How did it make you feel? What did you find especially sweet or challenging from God's word? What did we sing, read, or pray that left an impression on you?
Food For Thought:
The gospel is Jesus Christ given to us with all the blessing of God contained in him. – Ian Murray
Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow. – The Secret Garden
For next Sunday:
Sermon Text: Galatians 1:11-24
Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder - Adoration
Jesus, Cast a Look on Me - Confession
Christ the Solid Rock - Grace
We Will Feast in the House of Zion - Response
The Christians Hope Can Never Fail - Communion
As we continue our journey through Paul's letter to the Galatians, I would commend to you a treatise written by Martin Luther called Concerning Christian Liberty. It is perhaps one of the most significant pieces written in the history of the church on the freedom of the gospel and the implications for living the Christian life.
Singing To God (Psalm 95:1-5)
How Firm A Foundation
Fear not, I am with thee,
O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God
and will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee,
help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by my righteous,
Bowing Before God (Psalm 95:6-7b)
Prayer of Confession
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, not one day of my life has passed that has not proved me guilty in your sight. Prayers have been uttered from a prayerless heart; my best efforts to love you and others are but filthy rags. All things in me call for my rejection but all things in Christ plead for my acceptance. I appeal from the throne of perfect justice to your throne of boundless grace. Grant me to hear your voice assuring me of the gospel of your Son: that by his stripes I am healed, that he was bruised for my iniquities, that he was made sin for me that I might be declared righteous before you, that my grievous sins, my many sins, are all forgiven. I am guilty, but pardoned, lost, but saved, wandering, but found, sinning, but cleansed. Keep me always clinging to the cross of our Lord and Savior in whose name we pray. Amen.
Words of Grace
He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:22-25
Hearing From God (Psalm 95:7c-11)
Sermon Text – Galatians 1:1-5
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,4 who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
11 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel. 12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
1. Why revising the gospel, reverses the gospel (v. 6-7)
2. How you can be confident the biblical gospel is true (v. 8-9, 11-12)
3. Why it should matter to us (v. 6-9)
The central concern in Paul's letter to the Galatians is the order of the gospel. Again and again we will see Paul speak to this central concern. For Paul there is no greater danger for the Christian church than to reverse the order of the gospel and in the end have no gospel at all. The gospel is God's (v. 11-12) and it is his gift to us. The order of the gospel begins with God making the first move. God calls us; we don’t call God. God accepts us by his free grace, then we follow him. Therefore, any change to the gospel reverses this order. It makes the gospel about us and our performance rather than about God and his grace. Reversing the order of the gospel turns the gospel message of rescue and freedom into a message of striving and achieving which reduces our lives to our competence and abilities with no hope from the outside. God's desire for us is so much bigger and more beautiful than what we can bring to the table. That is good news!
- What was new or compelling to you? What stood out to you from these verses?
- What questions do they raise for you?
- Was there anything that bothered you?
- What is the functional order of the gospel you live by?
- In what parts of your daily life are you most prone to reverse the gospel?
- What steps can you take to use the gospel of Christ on your successes and failures?
Confession of Faith: Westminster Shorter Catechism Q. 99
Q. 99. What rule has God given for our direction in prayer?
A. The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer; but the special rule of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly called The Lord’s Prayer.