Life has suddenly become quite crazy for me and I’m afraid I have been a bit lax in my study of Galatians. Since my last post we have sold a house and bought a small ranch. We are currently in the process of packing and paperwork with the intention of closing on both places at the end of this month. I have also begun working a seasonal job at a local greenhouse and landscaping business in order to earn money to pay for my graduate studies.
That being said…….
I decided to delve into Galatians from the beginning rather than pick up where I left off. I love how the Word of God is fluid and living. God speaks to us through His Word. Every time I read through the Bible, something new jumps out at me… some little thing I may have over looked before…. some words of wisdom I didn’t need during a previous reading…. something to reinforce what I am learning elsewhere…. something to help me in ministering to others at a specific time… God is constantly speaking to us through His Word.
I recently attended a district conference for our church. The theme for the weekend was about working together as a district to become more effective for Christ. We have many different backgrounds and many different mindsets within our district. One of the main points of the conference was ‘major on the majors and minor on the minors’.
There are a few principals we need to adhere to as Christians. God created everything. Jesus is God’s son. Jesus died for our sins and rose again on the third day. Our salvation is based solely on accepting Jesus’ sacrifice in place of ours and making Him Lord. Other things are secondary. Which translation of the Bible should we use? What type of music should be played in church? Should we do raffles as fundraisers? Should we serve wine or grape juice for communion?
It was interesting to pick up my Bible and reread Galatians after this conference. Paul is amazed at how quickly the Galatians deserted Christ for a different gospel. Note in Galatians 1:7 where he states, “which is really not another;”. The different gospel had aspects of the true gospel but with a few variations….just enough to make it a different gospel. They had begun to major on the minors. They had brought the law back into the gospel.
How do we, as the modern church, bring the law into the gospel? Do we believe serving in the church gives us more points for heaven than the person who comes late, leaves early and doesn’t serve at all? Do we adhere only to traditional ways of worship or believe the spirit only works through a praise band? Do we believe the KJV is the only authoritative version of the Bible? I have seen people leave the church over secondary issues such as these.
We need to major on the majors and minor on the minors.