We have kicked off summer WVU-FCA huddles and we are so excited for all that God has in store as we gather each Monday night for the next 3 months!
Each week we go to a new and exciting location here in good ol' Morgantown, have a home cooked meal, laugh, play games, and dive deeper into God's Word. This summer we will be journeying through the book of Galatians, unpacking the truth that salvation is a free gift of God to all nations and peoples; no matter what your past you are welcome to enter into the Kingdom of God!
This past week we looked at the life of Paul, one of the most influential leaders in the history of the church. Paul assures us in Galatians 1:11-24 that he is only who he is because of the grace of Jesus Christ.
Grace is one of those words most of us think we know the meaning of until we try to define it, but trust me, it's worth figuring out the true meaning! So, what is grace and why is it at the heart of Paul's letter to the church at Galatia?
Simply put, grace is not getting what you do deserve, and getting what you don't deserve.
We deserve Hell.
Jesus paid our debt so we don't have to go there.
We get Heaven...that is grace!
God has a deep compassion for mankind. The way a parent feels for their child is the way God feels towards us. When God pours His compassion into our hearts, we simply can't contain it all, so the overflow is grace-- compassion in ACTION!
Paul says in Galatians 1:15 that his calling to preach the word of Christ is not something he does for human approval but a gift of Grace from Jesus Christ. Paul was a sinner above all other sinners, persecuting Christians with an intensity that was unmatched in the ancient world. He deserved death and Hell. When he encountered Jesus Christ he was given a second chance, something he didn't deserve, an act that overflowed from Christ's compassion for his soul.
As we continue to read through Galatians it is important to remember Paul's message of grace laid out in this first chapter. With Christ we don't have to work our way into His favor, we simply have to fall head first into overflowing rivers of grace!