Weekly Home Guide
This guide is a tool to help you give your attention to God throughout your week as you gather as a household. Use it in collaboration with the virtual service, the sermon video (found under our media tab) or on its own as a devotional resource.
Sermon Series: Come to the Table
May 9: Who's at the Table, Galatians 3:26-29
May 16: Radical Welcome, Galatians 4:1-7
May 23: Chains and Zip-ties, Galatians 4:8-12a
May 30: Children of the Promise, Galatians 4:28-31
Jun 6: What's Required? Micah 6:8
Jun 13: Call of the Wild, Galatians 5:13-15
Jun 20: Proper Pride, Galatians 6:14-18
Step 1: Music
Here As In Heaven
Turn to God’s word.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God. From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
Step 3: Prayer
Seek God through prayer
- Pray for all churches as restrictions lift. That we would not forget the ways God has worked through us this year, and that we would look forward to gathering together in celebration.
- Pray for our leaders as we navigate quickly changing guidelines
- Pray for our ability to live into our new creation identity.
Step 4: Reflection
The start of this passage, which is not in our reading today says this, "NOTICE WHAT LARGE LETTERS I USE AS I WRITE THESE CLOSING WORDS IN MY OWN HANDWRITING." (Gal 6:11). Which is to say Paul is getting loud in order to make a point.
The closing of the letter to Galatian Christians reminds the church, both ancient and modern that our attachment to this world should be undone. We are tied to the cross of Jesus and with that comes certain expectations.
Paul tells the Galatians that circumcision (that is, following the Torah law) doesn't actually matter but rather, are we transformed into a new creation. Well, are you? Are you transformed into a new creation as Paul asks us?
In this new creation living, bragging rights go only to Jesus (v.14). We have been crucified to the world and the world to us (v.14). We are God's new people. Our identity is new! Paul reminds us that our bodies may still bear scars of our transition from the old identity to our new identity in Jesus. We are HIS!
In our new life, our new identity in Jesus the laws or best practices are done away with and our endeavour should be to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deut 6:5). This means pushing this love outward; procreation of love. MAKE MORE LOVE. NOTICE WHAT LARGE LETTERS I USE! BE A BLESSING. MAKE MORE LOVE. BE NEW CREATION.
Take some time to reflect on this.
Step 5: Family resource
Click here for an activity or a few questions you can do with your family.
Step 6: Benediction
Close your time.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Step 7: Questions
- How does your vision of your identity change when bragging rights go to Jesus?
- How do have you pushed love outward?
- How do you anticipate living into your new creation identity?