Alumni Bible Study

A Bible study initially set up for alumni of the Senior Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church of Lufkin, Texas. It is our hope and our prayer that this study touches the hearts of those who participate and helps spread the love and grace of Our Lord and God. All who want to learn more about God are welcome

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I am a Christian family man, Lay Pastor and writer from Deep East Texas. I love life, and I enjoy working with young people. I have published two books; "A Small Mind Among Tall Trees" and "God If You Are Not Too Busy, Can You Give Me a Hand". If you want to obtain a copy drop me an e-mail or go to or barnesand . I have been a salesman, cowman and athlete in my past. I still have a strong sense of humor and am not afraid to use it.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Galatians 3:15-20

Relax, Read and Reflect.
Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
15Brothers, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say "and to seeds," meaning many people, but "and to your seed,"[

] meaning one person, who is Christ. 17What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
19What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator. 20A mediator, however, does not represent just one party; but God is one.
Paul is taking an example that all Jews would recognize. Thankfully, we all know the story of God’s covenant (deal) with Abraham. God kept his covenant, because Abraham had faith. Part of the covenant was that God would send a Messiah as one of Abraham’s decedents, to save all people. This God did. God keeps his promises.
The purpose of the law was two fold. One; it gave directions for people to live and shows the will of God. This is a positive part of the law. It also shows that no one is perfect, and we all sin. This is why we need God’s love and grace to save us. No one can earn God’s favor. It is only through Christ that we can be saved in God.
So why have laws is Church? Are they necessary? Yes, they are necessary and important. Laws in church help organize and channel us to do Christ’s work here on earth. They help guide us through difficult times and help us make the tough decisions. They do not save us, only Christ can do that, and it’s already done.

Prayer- God, Thank you for laws and rules to help us live. Help us live by the laws that are just, and give us the wisdom and courage to change those that are not. Go-Fight- Win. Amen.


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