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.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Galatians 4:1-7

Relax, Read and Reflect
Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
1What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. 4But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. 6Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba,[

] Father." 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
Why do we have laws? Why did God send laws to the Jewish people? The "basic principles of the world" are the elementary stages of religious practice. Before we grow up, we are all subject to outside influence and rules. Once we reach adulthood, we take on the responsibility of living and working in society. This is true now of everyone. In Paul’s day, if you were free this applied, but if you were a slave you were always treated as a child.
The law keeps us in bondage, always falling short of a perfect life. Jesus was born to a human, therefore was human. He lived a perfect life and never fell short of the Jewish laws. This made him the perfect sacrifice for all people. We have been redeemed, released from the metaphoric slavery, and are now full heirs.
Laws have their place and importance, and the Jewish laws of Moses were necessary before God felt we, as a people, were ready for his grace. Now we are free. Free from the bondage of sin and the bondage of religious law. Through Christ, we are all brothers and sisters.
Prayer: Lord, Thank you for giving us our freedom. Help us use it wisely, and for your service. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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