|Tuesday's at 6:30 am||Edwardsville||Sgt. Peppers||Mark Mestemacher||No||OPEN|
The church in Galatia faced a choice between two "gospels" - two ways of approaching a relationship with God, two ways of looking at life. On one side were the teachers who told these young Christians that their performance mattered. To be right with God, they needed to trust Christ... but they also needed their own efforts. On the other side was the church-planting apostle, Paul. He said that the only performance that mattered was Christ's: His life, death and resurrection. Which "gospel" they relied on really mattered. In these studies, Paul will show us how our problems in the Christian life stem from forgetting or failing to live by that gospel.
The book of Judges shows us that the Bible is not a series of nice stories - it is a book of unvarnished history. It is about real people. And it is about the real God. Judges shows us a God who is relentlessly loving to unlovely people; who continually rescues people from the consequences of their own failings and flaws; and who points forward to the flawless Leader andisavior who he will one day send.