Perhaps you’d like to read, Galatians or Philippians as you watch the sun go down this summer. I wrote some along commentary in 2011 that might help you think through these letters. You can print all the lessons on each by scrolling down categories to Galatians or Philippians. You can print the lessons so you will have a small book on each. You can slip it in your Bible if you like to read the printed page. The lessons print or read backward –from the most recent to the first lesson.
Both these books will help you deal with your church relationships. Perhaps that is just what you need right now. The main application of both books is an encouragement to stand firm.
In Philippians, Paul urges us to stand firm together through our personal joy in the Lord. That is why there is much about rejoicing in that book.
In Galatians, Paul urges us to stand firm on justification by faith alone while maintaining a loving spirit with others.
What does standing firm look like to you?
The “together” and the “loving spirit” are sure important parts of this. They have helped me stick it out with the local church as my husband and I have sought to understand the gospel and to find a group committed to it.
Both books need to be read with these principles in mind–this theme of standing together in the local church for the sake of the gospel. As always, doctrine comes before application when a warm-hearted Calvinist interprets the scripture.
Why not sit back, watch the sun go down, and read and think about being encouraged?