5 keynote sermon

Sunday September 15 "Faithfulness" Pastor Wood

    1. Topic: Faith: “Faith is the act of the intellect when it assents to divine truth under the influence of the will moved by God through grace” (Summa Theologica II.II.q2.a.9). St. Thomas Aquinas.

      Faith in the OT and NT carries several meanings. It may mean simple trust in God or in the Word of God, and at other times faith almost becomes equivalent to active obedience. It may also find expression in the affirmation of a creedal statement. Thus it also comes to mean the entire body of received Christian teaching or truth. So in Colossians 2:7, the term suggests something to be accepted as a whole and embodied in personal life.

      1. Text: Galatians 5:1–6 (ESV)
      2. Galatians 5:1  For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
      1. Galatians 5:2–4 (ESV) Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace.