One Step Further
May 10, 2015 - Rev Elizabeth Moseley
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1. Discuss as a family how you identify yourself. How do you introduce yourself to others? (ie. student, football player, accountant, mother, etc.)
2. In Paul's letter to Galatia, he says that however we previously identified ourselves no longer matters. We are now defined by Christ - not what we have done or haven't done - but what He has done for us. What does this truth mean to you?
3. Elizabeth referenced one of her favorite sports movies, Miracle. For this group of hockey players who came from all over the country, different schools, different backgrounds - how did the fact that they now identified as players for the United States hockey team affect what they were able to accomplish together? What unites those who call themselves Christians, and how might that "teamwork" be leveraged to love a serve a broken world?
On Sunday, we had the privilege of hearing a message from Rev. Elizabeth Moseley. We always love having her in The Chapel! It was a lovely, albeit wet, morning. Thanks to all who braved the rain to make it, and we hope to see you all back there next Sunday!
Galatians: One Step Further
There are many things that help define us: where we went to school, our job title, our family, our address, what we do, how we act, etc. This is nothing new. Thousands of years ago, people were still letting outward things define them.
We’ve been going through the book of Galatians, and during this time there was one major issue creating a divide among the people: did you have to become Jewish in order to be a follower of Christ?
For centuries, the Jewish had code had been to follow over 600 laws, and if you did that, you could be identified as a Jew. After Jesus came and died, this was no longer necessary, but there were people who still believed it was. Many people wrestled with the idea that you could simply follow Jesus without jumping through all the hoops of the previous law.
Paul sets the record straight and writes that you absolutely, unequivocally, do not have to become a jew before you can follow Jesus. He argued that because of who Jesus is and what he did for us, our identity is no longer based on what we do, but on what Christ did. Our identity is found in him.
This was true for the church 2000 years ago, and it is true for us today. What we do does not define who we are. What we have done does not define who we are. What we used to believe defined us- gender, race, socioeconomic standing, etc.- does not define who we are.
Our identity is 100% rooted in who Jesus is and what he did for us. And not only is this our identity, but this is the identity of everyone who belongs to the body of Christ. We are all playing for the same team. We are one family, one unit, one body.
We need to be united by this fact! We have different names, faces, preferences, and interests, but this does not divide us nor does it define us.
What we do does not affect our identity, but our identity should affect how we live. Because our identity is rooted in the greatest act of love and sacrifice of all time, we too should live lives that are loving and sacrificial.
Wednesday: Galatians 4:2-7
Thursday: Galatians 4:8-20
Friday: Galatians 4:21-31