We are a warm, welcoming & inclusive church in the Anglican tradition. A loving community where all people are invited to grow in relationship with God and one another.

Our next Bible Study will commence on Thursday 11 August at 7pm and will focus on the Letter to the Galatians. We will meet once a fortnight on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the church, however we may meet via Zoom at times if that is more conducive for participants.

Some Background to The Letter to the Galatians

After Paul established the churches in Galatia, missionaries of a different sort visited them. These opponents of Paul believed that Jesus was the Messiah promised to the Jews, but they saw the coming of the Jewish Messiah as no reason to doubt that God’s people were still the Jews or that God’s will for their lives was still to be found in the law of Moses. In their view, believing in Jesus as the Messiah was a first step if Gentiles were to be saved, but it needed to be followed by circumcision and a commitment to observe the law of Moses. Aware that their message was different from the message of Paul, they appear to have suggested Paul was not a true apostle—at least not an apostle on a level with those (like Peter and John) who had accompanied Jesus throughout his ministry. Paul, they apparently contended, received his message secondhand through what others told him about Christ, and he got the message wrong. To address the issues and counter the danger posed by these teachers, Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians.

An Overview of the Letter

The undercutting of his apostleship requires Paul to begin his letter by insisting that he received both his apostleship and his message not from human sources but through a revelation from Jesus Christ himself . His contacts with the Jerusalem apostles were limited—he did not receive his message from them —but the leaders of the Jerusalem church approved his apostleship and message.

Paul then turns to the issue of law observance. Granted, the law prescribes a path to righteousness and life by obeying its commands, but since human beings transgress these commands and live “under the control of sin”, neither righteousness nor life is attainable through the law. Jesus, in dying, took upon himself the law’s curse on transgressors, so that those rightly subject to that curse might be delivered from it and live a new life, apart from the law, empowered by the Holy Spirit. This does not make the law a bad thing, but it does mean that God never intended the law to provide the path to life; rather God intended the covenant to which it belonged to apply only for the period from Moses until the coming of Jesus. If the Galatians were to be circumcised, it would mean binding themselves to a covenant that required fully observing its commands and cutting themselves off from Jesus and his grace.

Please contact Fr. Michael Danaher on 0419 114 870 or at ua.moc.oohaynull@rehanadfm if you would like to take part in the program.