In the English language today, the word “apocalyptic” means “something momentous or catastrophic, e.g. describing or prophesying the complete destruction of the world.” So titling a sermon (this week) and a sermon series (our time in Galatians) “The Apocalyptic Gospel” might sound ominous and foreboding. However, I mean apocalyptic in a positive way: the gospel is momentous and it is catastrophic to the things that hinder us, haunt us, and demoralize us.
Our text this week might be one of those passages that we are tempted to skim and skip over. On the surface it seems like uninteresting and irrelevant details about history and context. However, in Paul’s explanation of how he got the gospel and became an Apostle, and in his response to accusations that he was a people-pleaser, we see the apocalyptic power of the gospel. For example:
- The gospel changes our past.
- The gospel redeems our failures.
- The gospel silences our shame.
- The gospel frees us from living for the approval of others.
That is good news!
So as you prepare for corporate worship this Sunday, take some time to read and reflect on Galatians 1:10-24. As you do that, reflect on how the gospel has impacted your own past, present, and future. Focus on the positive and praise God!
I very much look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday!
Yours in Christ’s love,