As our nation marks Memorial Day this weekend, and we remember the sacrifices made by so many, we also remember the price that was paid by Christ for our freedom from sin and death. Now we must consider what we are each being called to do with this gift of freedom.
Inspiring Worship this weekend: Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in Chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Worship with traditional music
10:00 a.m. Worship with contemporary music
(please note new time for summer!!)
The Proper use of Freedom
Key Verse: “For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters;– only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence.” Galatians 5:13
Time: 50-55 C.E.
Since Last week: Having come to faith by the gift of God’s Holy Spirit, Paul now reminds the church at Galatia that the Spirit’s presence creates freedom.
Background: The freedom that Paul writes about is a gift not to be abused, but rather seen as an opportunity to share in the blessings of Christ’s love. These spiritual gifts should blossom and grow in our life together: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness and self-control.
Community: This weekend there will be much talk of the cost and the nature of freedom; do we celebrate only a freedom from tyranny? Do we celebrate the Christian freedom to be a blessing to others?
At Home: Which list better describes your life to others – the works of the flesh like jealousy, anger, and quarrels? Or do people know you by your kindness, generosity, and patience? How can we rediscover the Sprit’s gifts in everyday life?
Read this Week:
Sunday, May 26 Our Father, Matthew 6:9
Monday, May 27 Sing Praises to God, Psalm 105:1-6
Tuesday, May 28 God the Shepherd, John 10:1-18
Wednesday, May 29 God the Potter, Isaiah 64:8-12
Thursday, May 30 God the Rock, Psalm 42:9-10