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Here’s the good news, part three…
“God sees us as we are, loves us as we are, and accepts us as we are. But by His grace, He does not leave us as we are.”
Hmm… So how are we changed by faith in Jesus?
Galatians is a short letter in the Bible that was written by a devoted follower of Jesus named Paul (likely the earliest letter written in the New Testament). He wrote this letter for the early Christian church in Galatia that was going through some major theological and political challenges as they asked, “how do we follow Jesus in today’s world?”
These first Christians were getting pressured to fall into the religious status quo of their time. They were told to follow religious laws, political stances, rituals, and expectations that were in place well before Jesus — and many of these things seemed to confine, restrict, limit, exclude, and even contradict what Jesus spoke about. They wondered, “how does a follower of Jesus navigate all of this? How do we behave?”
So, Paul wrote them this letter to encourage their faith, their freedom, and their [fruit].
Paul essentially says, “let me give you the mindset of living in faith. Here’s how I see it…
”The life I live in the body [Right now. In my city. Everyday.], I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20). This mindset will do something to you.
What comes out of this faith is transformation of your life… yes, you’ll live different.
The letter explains that by faith Christ is living in you. Or in other words, the very Spirit of God is now walking with you (read Galatians chapter 5). This close walk with God in your life will begin to bring out the most beautiful things in humanity [fruit]:
“… the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
The Good News of walking by faith in the Son of God who loves you and gave himself for you is this: you will become one who lives out love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.
That is not only good news to you, but to everyone around you and your edges as well : )
Happy Summer, friends!!!
Our dream is to summer with you… join us at the fun below.
And we’ve got some new details on our Summer events,
So be sure to read ahead!
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Wednesdays at Silverset Park
June 27th – August 15th, 4 PM
Drop by in the afternoon for some chill time at the park.
Mondays at Moonlight Beach
July 9th – August 13th, 9 AM – 1 PM
You gotta love a beach day. Bring the kiddos. We’ll have surf boards and fun-ness!
Taste of Summer [Community Event]
July 15th, 3 PM
This will be an awesome summer party, and there just miiiiighht be some slippin’ and slidin’ goin’ on… But no promises 😉 We will send out RSVP info in the next couple of weeks. But please, save the date!
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You are valued.