Same Change, Different Day — Devotional for 24 January 2020

Galatians 1:21–2:10 (read online ⧉)

The often states that the message from God has never d. That’s not entirely accurate. God’s amazing grace was before all and in all. God’s expression of grace was certainly in multiple forms from Adam to Jacob’s (Israel’s) sons. Through Moses, the message d from a group to a nation (we often miss this ). The nation and Law was not something we see as grace, yet it took a nation of slaves and transformed them into God’s chosen people. From there grace transformed them into a powerful nation. From there grace kept their as God’s people int, even when they abandoned God, and ended up in other nations. The message always d. The Truth did not.

We Christians look at and the Gospel as the message that never d. It is possibly more accurate to say that through and the Gospel that the message was expressed to its fullest. Yes, that is a nuance. However, that nuance is not small in any way, shape, or form. If it was small, Paul wouldn’t have gone to Jerusalem.

’ first followers, and his core followers, were Jews. Everything was from a Jewish . For them, therefore, this was a Jewish thing. It makes perfect sense that many would not be able to separate Jewish prices from their Messiah. Hence we ourselves need to be more grace-filled towards those we read about in the New Testament. Remember, they were learning just what all this meant. Paul was pretty sure what it all meant. He just had to convince others.

This is a long preface to a new and old . Mode and method do not equal message. Not too long ago, we had splits over worship music. Mostly, that’s over, though some still complain about one sort of music or the other. There is the comparisons between contemporary format (which all Generations Sunday services have) and “al” liturgical services. It seems so obvious to many now that these are merely different ways to still share the Gospel and gather together. Now there are digital es. Then there are microexpression es. This form of caters to a specific interest group or demographic. Is it bad? In many respects, yes, for it continues the “one hour on Sunday is the most segregated hour of the week.” Granted, it is often no longer over race. It does reach people who would not otherwise be reached by “.

The has long needed to reinvent itself, perhaps not so much to reach new people (though that really does help), but to reinvigorate itself. The seems to have entered a period of stagnation. Either the stagnation needs to be flushed out, or the can suffocate. It seems harsh, yet in many respects that is exly what Paul had to deal with. The that was forming had to reinvent itself. It had to separate itself from the ways that kept in mired in the past. Once it broke free, the freeing message of the Gospel got wings.

1) Why do people hold onto s? How do you know when a is stagnate, and when it is life-giving?

2) What “how is done” thing do you hold onto? Why? How does it you life?

3) What is one “new” thing that you enjoyed and/or found life-giving once you ually started doing it?

Action: Take your “ thing” and explain not only what it is, but also how it builds up the and fellow Christians.

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.