As we conclude the message on the perfect storm, Pastor Ford points out that God uses storms in our lives to correct us, protect us, and perfect us. And ultimately, we are able to prevail through life’s storms, not in our own power, but in His power.
As our study continues in Galatians chapter 4, we’ll see today that just like Abraham and Sarah received a promise from God, we all, as believers, have received a promise too. It’s the promise that we will be delivered from the penalty of our sins through grace. The new covenant frees us from the law and now we have the hope of salvation, but it’s only found in grace. To find out more about God’s free gift of grace, join us for today’s Treasured Truth.
Salvation is by grace. So, in salvation, you don’t help God out. As we look at the passage we’re studying today, Pastor Ford will explain that Paul is saying the promise God made to Abraham and Sarah is very much like our salvation. God does not need our help to perform anything or to bring anything to pass, no matter what it is. He does not need our help to save us.
As we continue to look at the story that Paul allegorizes in Galatians chapter 4, we’ll see that he wants to help the Galatians understand that they are trying in vain to get salvation from the law, when the law was never designed to give us our salvation. We can’t get salvation by the things that we do. And that’s Paul’s entire argument—salvation is by grace alone.
As we continue to look at this old story with a new meaning, Pastor Ford will remind us that Biblical hermeneutics follows a simple formula—when the literal sense makes plain sense, seek no other sense, lest you abandon common sense and end up with nonsense.
In Galatians chapter 4, Paul takes the Old Testament story about Abraham, Sarah, and Isaace and allegorizes it. Today we’re going to go into this passage and see what timeless truths Paul is trying to get us to understand by giving this old story a new meaning.
Have you ever wondered why you have to keep going through the same storms in life? Whether it’s the same relationship storm, financial storm, or job storm—sometimes life’s storms can seem redundant and wearisome. But Pastor Ford suggests that we keep having to go through the same storms simply because we’re not learning from them.
The Law and Grace don’t mix. But the Apostle Paul was having a hard time communicating that fact to the Galatian believers and convincing them it was the truth. So, he took a story from the Old Testament and allegorized it, giving it a new twist that helped them to understand. To hear how Paul used an old story with a new meaning in his letter to the Galatians, join us for today’sTreasured Truth.
The Apostle Paul set an example for us when he was addressing the Galatian believers about the errors of their doctrine. He equated the process to the “travails of childbirth” as he struggled to help them understand. His ultimate goal was see the likeness of Christ formed in them. So, we can learn from Paul as we seek to assist our own fellow believers who may have accepted false doctrines that don’t line up with the truth found in God’s Word.
How do you reach someone with the truth of God’s Word, when they are confused about a doctrinal issue and believing an error? You have to start by showing them your genuine concern for them and allowing them to sense your heart of compassion for them. If you don’t start there, then they may confuse you with the “doctrine police” and you may miss the opportunity to help them understand the truth.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.