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The Spiritual Rescue (1 of 16)
This evening we begin a brand new study through the book of Galatians. Find it in your Bibles. Someone told me that you can remember the order of Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians by remembering General Electric Power Company.
Our series through this powerful letter will be called Justified. Because the message of Galatians is the message of the Christian's spiritual freedom and deliverance by Christ from the bondage of sin and religious legalism. By God's grace we are justified. We are made right with God. Not by righteousness or religion, but only by grace.
In the course of the thirty years or so which elapsed between his conversion outside Damascus and his imprisonment in Rome, Paul traveled widely through the Empire as an ambassador of Jesus Christ. He had three missionary journeys where he preached the gospel and planted churches. These journeys were followed by his letters to the churches he founded. One of these letters, which many believe to be the earliest that he wrote (about AD 48 or 49), is the Epistle to the Galatians. It is addressed ''To the churches of Galatia.''
*A little 18 month-old girl became very famous very quickly in 1987. Do you remember the name Jessica McClure? In 1987, all of America stopped to watch a real-life drama unfolded in Midland, Texas. Eighteen-month-old Jessica McClure fell down an abandoned well and was trapped. Millions of Americans watched the story of Baby Jessica unfold. To the relief of everyone, Jessica came out of the well on October 16, 1987. In case you don't remember the details of the story, let me give you a summary of what happened: ''After 55 grueling hours trapped at the bottom of a 22-foot well, eighteen-month-old Jessica clawed her way out of the bottom of the pit, inch by inch, digging her little toes and fingers into the side of the well. What a hero, that Jessica!'' You may be ...
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