SFFC NEWSLETTER – MAY 2019
Hello Strong Faith Family,
We want to highlight some amazing events
and resources available to you!
A Tale of Two Gospels
April showers have brought May flowers. And flower beds that need weeding, shrubs that need trimming, vegetable gardens that need planting and tending, insects and other pests that need to be kept away, lawns that need mowing and fertilizing. Hmm… maybe winter wasn’t so bad after all!
There are people who love yard work, but most people – although they like how the lawn and beds look when they’re all freshly mowed and mulched – don’t actually enjoy the effort involved in getting them there. Probably because, after all their hard work, the yard will only look perfectly maintained for a short time and then it will have to be done all over again.
Such is the futility of trying to earn favor from God by your own works. You may feel really good about yourself after you’ve read your Bible, or gone to church, or whatever you’ve done to “make you right with God,” but the feeling does not last. The next day (or the next hour, or the next minute!), Satan or your own carnal, works-oriented mind will tell you: Yeah, but what have you done for God lately?
This is exactly what Pastor David has been teaching this month in his GALATIANS series. This whole epistle is “a tale of two gospels” – a contrast of trying to be right with God through works, or by just receiving righteousness through His grace. Paul spoke to the believers in Galatia about these two gospels, one of which is no gospel at all.
Galatians 1:6-7 (NIV) I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.
First there is the false gospel, the Gospel of Works. It is the gospel of Bondage and Misery. Works focuses on self and on being justified through strictly following The Law in order to earn your righteousness. Works serves the system (religion), and looks to doing right things in order to gain God’s approval and have a relationship with Him. Works focuses on external duty, on what you do, rather than on a loving relationship with God through Jesus.
Second there is the true gospel, the Gospel of Grace. It is the gospel of Freedom and Joy. Grace focuses on God, and on being justified – “just as if I’d” never sinned – by receiving your righteousness as a free gift of God’s love. Grace serves the Savior (Jesus), and looks to what He has done in order to be in right standing with, and approved by, God. Grace focuses on an internal relationship, rather than on outward obedience.
We all need to choose freedom every day; to make a conscious choice to walk by the Gospel of Grace, not by the Gospel of Works. Remember, obedience to The Law (works) will never cause you to love God, but receiving God’s love (grace) will always cause you to obey His Word.
As Jesus said in John 14:15 (NIV) If you love Me, you will obey what I command.
Lasting, effortless change only comes from receiving God’s grace as a free gift of His love. Draw near to Him, hang out with Him in the light of His glory and grace, and you will be changed! Spend time with God and He will “rub off on you.”
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
- Service Day – Tuesday, May 21st –10:30 am to 12:30 pm
- Facilities Team – Saturday, May 25th – 8:00 am to 10:00 am
- David’s Army – Sunday, May 26th – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
- Corporate Prayer – Saturday, June 1st – 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- WOW Clothing Swap – Saturday, June 8th – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Evangelism – Saturday, June 8th – 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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