Sunday, April 18: Free
When I was a kid, one of my favorite days of the year was the neighborhood block party. I lived in rural Maine, and one day every summer we would block off the end of the street and set a table with all the summer classics: hot dogs, wings, watermelon, you name it.
It was absolutely my favorite day of the year.
Meals have a way of bringing people together. They are sacred. Who you eat with communicates who you accept. Your friends. Your family. Your people.
In Galatians 2:11–21, Paul recounts a squabble he got into with Peter over shared meals. Peter was in the habit of eating with Gentiles in Antioch until some Jewish Christians from Jerusalem came to town, at which point he withdrew and only ate with his Jewish friends.
The issue was holiness and who was acceptable to eat with. The stakes were higher than just manners and hurting people’s feelings; by telling the Gentiles they weren’t worthy of his table, Peter was also subconsciously telling them they weren’t welcome at God’s table.
Peter needed to be rebuked.
The story leads into Paul’s clearest articulation of his theology of “justification” (how to get right with God). This week, we are going to talk about justification and the most important message of Galatians: how to be made right with God.
You don’t want to miss it.
See you then!
You can participate online at 8:00 AM, 9:30, or 11:00. You can also join us in person at 9:30 or 11:00. No need to register.