As Christians, we are free from sin and from everything that tries to turn our hearts away from God. Jesus’ death and resurrection make our freedom possible. In this sermon, Pastor Paige explores the Apostle Paul’s encouragement to the new Christians in Galatia to use their freedom generously (Galatians 5:1, 13-18) in service to others. As Christians in the 21st century, we are called to keep listening for the ways God is calling us to use our gifts and talents to extend the freedom we have in Christ to our neighbors.
Most of us feel overwhelmed with our “got to” lists, those things that we have to get done. One reason is that being constantly busy and distracted by the world around us helps us to avoid the world within us, with a much more challenging set of got-to’s. We might worry that bringing God into the picture would only add to the burden of things we’ve "got to" do, but in Galatians 2:15-3:3, the apostle Paul argues just the opposite: Jesus is the end of our “got-to’s,” and the beginning of our “get-to’s.”
A lot of people say that religion is too judgmental. But think of all the ways we judge and get judged every day. Just take a look at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! If we’re not judging or being judged, we’re trying to impress others. It can seem like the expectations of other people live rent-free in our heads. How can we get free from the opinions of others? The apostle Paul, writing to the churches he started in the region of Galatia (Galatians 1:3-12), dealt with the issue of pleasing other people or pleasing God. And before you think, “wait a minute, making other people happy is hard enough, now I have to add God to the picture?”, our sermon today will show how seeking God’s will is the way to real freedom.
On the festival of the Holy Trinity, we celebrate the mystery that the One eternal, undivided God exists in three divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three Persons are each fully and eternally God, but there is still only one God. This is not a puzzle to be solved, but a mystery beyond human comprehension. Although we cannot fully understand it, we can rejoice that the doctrine of the Trinity reveals the depth and glory of God’s never-ending love.
The Day of Pentecost celebrates the birthday of the church, and marks the coming of the Holy Spirit to all believers. In this sermon, Pastor Paige unpacks Jesus’ promise to the disciples in John 14:8-17 & 25-27. They were worried and wondering what to do after Jesus’ death and resurrection took place. Jesus assures them that they won’t be alone after he returns to his Heavenly Father. He promises that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, will come and be with them as they carry Jesus’ mission forward.