"Love That Surpasses Knowledge"

EPHESIANS 3

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Here in this new community of people who used to be divided...that’s where God shows up. That’s where the mystery and the power of the gospel of grace is found. That this human community, yes even our human community, is where God shows up—in the midst of our diverse differences.
— Sara Wilhelm Garbers

"Grace as Gift"

EPHESIANS 2

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…just as our teaching series on Galatians spent six weeks on “freedom in Christ” as if we were turning a precious gem to get different viewing angles, so will the series on Ephesus be like taking different viewing angles on the gem of grace. Today’s angle invites us to view grace as gift and a way of live that our creator infused into the human experience and confirmed in Christ.
— Dan Collison

"Freedom in Christ Lived Out"

GALATIANS 6

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Considering all angles and looking across the entire letter of Galatians it becomes clear that Paul is trying to help his reader to understand “freedom in Christ” as synonymous with “freedom to include,” in that ultimately, the way of Jesus gives us the vision, and the Spirit of God gives us the strength—to bear the burdens and experience the joy of forming Christian community across differences. And, by “differences” I mean differences of opinion on secondary theological matters, different approaches to worship and community, and ultimately the crucible of differences of human identity.
— Dan Collison

"Freedom in Christ Defined"

GALATIANS 5

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What reconciliation and redemption mean, rebirth and Holy Spirit, love for one’s enemies, cross and resurrection, what it means to live in Christ and follow Christ, all that is so difficult and remote that we hardly dare speak of it anymore. In these words and actions handed down to us, we sense something totally new and revolutionary, but we cannot yet grasp it and express it. This is our own fault. Our church has been fighting during these years only for its self-preservation, as if that were an end in itself. It has become incapable of bringing the word of reconciliation and redemption to humankind and to the world. So the words we used before must lose their power, be silenced, and we can be Christians today only in two ways, through prayer and in doing justice among human beings. All Christian thinking, talking, and organizing must be born anew, out of that prayer and action.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The Crucible of Equality"

GALATIANS 3:26-4:31

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…the idea of freedom in Christ developed throughout the entire letter of Paul to the Galatians clears that way for equality to exist across human difference. And, Christ followers are urged to courageously struggle with our human prejudices, and our religious traditions, in order to create common life together as equals in Christian community and in broader society.
— Dan Collsion

"The Personal Struggle for Freedom"

GALATIANS 1

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Perhaps too often we have not trusted the work of God within us, and instead given our agency over to others, whether pastors, denominations, authors or institutions, to interpret and define our spiritual or religious experience for us, rather than attending to the revelation and movement of God within us.
— Todd Bratulich