Does the Law Oppose Grace?
Purpose of the Law
19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, [a]kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our [b]tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.
Sons and Heirs
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Free from Indwelling Sin
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who[a] do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
"This is one of the most difficult passages Paul ever wrote. There are almost three hundred different interpretations of it! Paul is still seeking to demonstrate the superiority of the way of grace and faith over that way of the law. Paul makes four points about the law:
- Why introduce the law at all? It was introduced for the sake of transgressions.
- The law was not given direct by God. The Rabbinic thoughts of his time are that the law was given, first to angels, then to a mediator (Moses). Therefore the LAW is a second-hand thing. The PROMISE was given directly by God.
- There can be no such thing as a mediator of one. An agreement involving the law involves two people – the giver and the receiver.
- Is, then, the law antithetic (definition - being in direct and unequivocal opposition : directly opposite or opposed) to grace? Logically Paul should answer ‘Yes’ but in fact, he answers, ‘No’. Everyone is shut up under the law and the law drives everyone to seek grace, because the law has proved man helpless."
-Commentary on Galatians by William Barclay
Scriptures to Consider
- - 2 Peter 3:11-18
- - Colossians 3:16
- - James 4:6
Other Resources in RightNow Media
- THE BOOK OF GALATIANS" BIBLE STUDY FEATURING KYLE IDLEMAN
- Galatians by Ray Pritchard
Monday, July 13
8:00 am Pastoral Devotions (online)
9:30 am Men's Prayer
Tuesday, July 14
Thursday, July 16
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8:00 am Pastoral Devotions (online)
Saturday, July 18
PASTORAL DEVOTIONS TO THE CONGREGATION: Join us online Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for a devotional message from one of our Pastors. We will air these messages on our YouTube Channel at 8:00 am. (Don’t worry, if you miss it, you can watch it later.)
VBS: LAST CHANCE FOR EARLYBIRD RATE! SGAC’s first ever Live Stream VBS is coming Aug 10 to 13 for children age 4 to 12. Early bird rate is $15 for the first child and $10 for each individual child after until July 15. Cost from July 16 to Aug. 6 (or while supplies last) is $30 for the first child and $10 for each individual child. Online registration is open now and includes your VBS in a bag package. Register now! For more information and updates visit SGAC Kids Facebook page or call the office.
KEENAGERS (55+): We are now meeting online. Join us on Wednesdays at 10:00 am on Pastor Art’s personal Facebook page or at 1:00 pm on our Keenagers Facebook Group as we stay connected through the Word of God.
KIDS SUMMER CHECK IN: Join us Wednesday mornings in July at 10:00 am for fun interactive games and story time. We will stream live on the SGAC Kids Facebook page.
FUTURE DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: Construction continues to prepare SGAC for our future build, using the budget that was approved by the Board early in the New Year. For the most part the construction activity is not visible to the congregation, both because the work is behind the scenes, and because traffic to the church remains limited. All of the work done to date has been completed well under the $750,000 budget approved by the Board in Feb 2019. This is in large part due to the work of our volunteer construction team: thanks to their dedication, some of this work is being done with only the costs of supplies. As a result, at their June meeting the Elder’s Board approved the construction team’s continued work to prepare for the future build, within the $750,000 preliminary project budget. Read this week’s email and visit the church website. You can also email the Future Development Team to ask questions or to discuss the ongoing work.
DEEPER LIFE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY is offering a summer course on learning Lexical Greek taught by Dr. Ron Cottle. Please register with Pastor Coreen by email if you are interested in coming July 23 – 25.
THE CHURCH OFFICE hours are Mon – Fri from 9 am -4 pm. We are closed for lunch daily from noon- 1pm.
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MONTHLY UPDATE – JUNE 2020
52 Week average $22,999
Weekly Budget Requirement $25,113
Future Dev Fund $14,546
CHURCH YEAR UPDATE - JULY 1, 2019 TO JUNE 30, 2020
General Fund Budget Revenue to Date $1,305,876
General Revenue to Date $1,195,950
-Budget Shortfall ($105,564)
Global Advance Giving $113,443
Canadian Ministries Giving $23,328
Future Dev Fund $441,864
Please note the Following Options for Giving
Whether it is a one-time gift or you would like to schedule a recurring donation, you can give online to Spruce Grove Alliance Church. This option allows you to give using a Visa debit card or the traditional Visa or MasterCard credit cards.
Pick up a pre-authorized debit agreement form from our church office or download one here. You can fill it out and then with a voided cheque - you can either scan it and email it to the office, or drop it off during regular office hours.
During office hours, you can drop by and use the INTERAC/DEBIT machine at the Welcome Centre, then fill out your donation envelope as normal including your name, address, giving number and insert your debit receipt so we can disburse funds as directed in the Box on the counter.
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Mail your donation to:
Spruce Grove Alliance Church
250 Century Road
Spruce Grove, AB T7X 1W6
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Please pray for:
- Our Christian Worker: Ray & Cindy Perry work with the C&MA in Mexico. Ray’s parents attend SGAC.
- Our Pastoral Team Staff Member: Pastor Andrew Bugiera – Pastor of Worship and Prayer. He is married to Amy and they have 3 children.
- Our Support Staff Team Member: Kari Gehlert. Kari is married to Lorne and they have 5 children.
- Our Elders Team Member: Jim Bouchie. Jim is married to Rae and they have 2 grown children.
- Print out a Bingo card and play along during today’s message. Kids, take a picture and email your Bingo card to Pastor Coreen for a chance to win an NIV Action Study Bible. Bingo Cards are available to download from SGAC Children’s Ministry Facebook Page.
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