Sunday morning Payton rolled out our new logo. He wanted it to look like something that has been drawn by hand rather than photocopied. As you can see, it is simple and easy to recognize. The wave represents our beach location, but the lines represent us. We have drawn the lines by our lives and we put the motion in the wave. There is more to come, but for now it becomes a part of us. Thanks Payton.
Speaking of Payton, he and the teens had an interesting “mystery trip” Saturday. Things were great until they loaded up after their second stop in Old Town in Kissimmee. The church bus decided it was tired of lugging a bunch of teens around and stalled. Payton then had to scramble to find another means of transportation for the rest of the trip and to get everyone home safely. The only available rental vans were at the Orlando Airport. After getting some new wheels and sending the old wheels off to the shop, they headed on their way. Despite all of that, the young people had a great time. Payton, on the other hand… Seriously, I know it is frustrating when you make plans for a big trip only to have it “stall” at some point. Payton will need to learn the catch phrase of my beloved Cubs, “There’s always next year.” 🙂
Sunday we continued through our series on Galatians. In class, we broke down Paul’s appeal to these Christians. It is passionate and filled with logic and correct understanding of Scripture. There is no doubt Paul is speaking under the influence of the Holy Spirit. There is so much we covered during class that opens our eyes to a proper understanding of God and draws us closer to the One who died on our behalf. Unfortunately we do not have time to cover all the depths of these verses in worship. But the sermon was dedicated to picking apart certain parts of Paul’s speech to help us see ourselves. That is what this series is about: context, application and ultimately transformation. Now is when transformation takes place. There were several questions in the outline and on the Discovery Bible Study (back of the Arc Notebook pages) that challenge us. Allow the Spirit to do its work in your life. That comes by introspection and time with the Father.
THE WRAP UP:
As we look back into Galatians 3, understand what Paul is telling us about the Holy Spirit in our lives. It isn’t something that lays dormmate in between a leather bound book. It is living in us and through us. When we focus on following a rule rather than living out powerful qualities of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, we fill ourselves with something that cannot transform. It isn’t fundamentally about what I do, as it is who I am. We talk about transformation, and the place this happens is the Spirit within you. Let the Spirit break free in your life.
Through everything, trust God. Abraham demonstrated that trusting faithfulness in the Father. It was His faith in God credited him righteousness, not trusting in a law to save. But faith is not a mental exercise – it is life we live. Because I trust God, I will do whatever I’m called to do. We live by faith. For that reason, we are redeemed, emancipated from the slavery of sin and death. God’s grace is so amazing!