Galatians - Me, You & Us

by Doug McMahon on May 31st, 2012

This Sunday, we will begin a series on Galatians.  During the summer months we will be slowly and carefully working our way through The Letter of Paul to the Galatians.  The Apostle Paul wrote this letter about 2,000 years ago.

What do you know about the Apostle Paul?  According to the Book of Acts he oversaw the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr.  The gruesome story ends with the verse, "And Saul approved of their killing him." (Acts 8:1 NRSV)  It's interesting that our Christian faith is based, in part, on the writings of a religious zealot who approved of the killing of someone because that other person's beliefs were thought to be so odious that he deserved to be killed.

In this series on Galatians, we will be inviting you to rethink Paul, aka Saul.  Therefore, you might want to begin reflecting on what you have learned in the past about the Apostle Paul? 

And, what do you know about the letter of Galatians?  A friend of mine recently suggested that the structure of The Letter of Paul to the Galatians might be summarized by "me, you and us."  What she meant was that the first few chapters of Galatians are about Paul.  The middle of the letter is about the Galatians.  And, the last part of the letter is about Paul and the Galatians together and how they might move forward in the future.

This also got me thinking about you, Missio Dei and me.  Recently, we have been talking about identity and Missio Dei.  The series on Galatians will help us to continue the conversation about our Christian identity.  It might help us to better live into the distinctive marks of Missio Dei:  holistic, missional Christian community.  We can't have this conversation without you.  I hope you will be at The Studio@620 on Sunday.

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Doug and Char - June 9th, 2012 at 8:52 AM
Doug, I appreciated your comment Sunday about condemnation- some things in this world are definitely worthy of strong condemnation. Obviousely the Gospel was very important to Paul. I am wondering if part of the discussion this next Sunday could include what Paul meant by the phrase "the gospel" and also what Missio's understanding of the gospel is.

My wife and I have been coming to Missio for a couple of months now trying to see if this is the right place for our family. The series on "identity" has been very timely, unfortunately we have had to miss most of it- very frustrating. Perhaps it will come up again. We are looking forward to Galatains.

Doug and Char
Doug - June 9th, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Hi Doug and Char-- Thanks for your post! Unfortunately, I will be away for a number of Sundays during the early summer. I'll be at a conference this week, some vacation and then the Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly in Pittsburgh too. Joe will be leading the talk this Sunday and I think he will be taking another look at the first chapter including what Paul means by the gospel. I know he would welcome your comments during the talk. I too, after I return, look forward to more conversation with you. Also, feel free to send me an email. Peace, Doug

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