Galatians, I saw, could help us Christians now as we navigate the rapid culture shifts in which we find ourselves. We can learn from Paul how to be open to the Holy Spirit who gifts and calls people to apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic ministry that looks very different from what we in the inherited American church are used to. Rather than polarizing ourselves between “the traditional church” and the other emerging forms of church, we can learn from Paul to honor the revelation (literally “the revealing”) of Jesus Christ wherever that happens, especially among marginalized people whom Jesus called “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40). We can learn to move beyond the walls of church buildings and programs into our communities to join Jesus who is already there.
—Elaine A. Heath, God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
—Galatians 1:3-5 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the many expressions of church that are available to us today. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Guide us to love one another and to remain faithful to you through prayer and other spiritual practices. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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