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May 31, 2015 - Spending Time in Arabia - Galatians 1:13-24

posted Jun 1, 2015, 6:45 AM by Grant Garber
  • Most of us know about turnaround moments in life.
  • Christians do not believe that God is always the cause of our turnaround moments. 
  • Christians do believe that nothing escapes the notice of God, who still comes to us in Jesus Christ and redeems any strange turn of events, any tragedy, and any evil for good.
  • Christians also believe that sometimes God does directly intervene to turn our lives around.  
  • Perseverance is only a virtue if you are headed in the right direction.  Otherwise, it is just a stubborn resolve to get more and more lost.
  • We have free will, and we can use it to respond to God’s call to make dramatic changes in our lives.
  • Arabia is the place where you go to be with God before you start to move in the right direction.  In Arabia you discover that the right direction isn’t so much a matter of specific choices, but a matter of drawing closer to God. 
  • Arabia is a hard place where we do the hard, spiritual work of looking for streams in the desert, collecting daily manna, learning to trust and listening to God.  
“liturgy” = “the work of the people”
  • The work of worship is to stop the noisy busyness, to let the music and the words of worship guide us, and to listen for the Word of God that turns our lives to new directions.
  • You go nowhere in life by accident.
Pastor Jim Spon | Galatians 1:13-24