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Sermon Passages: Galatians 5:13-18

In Christ, we have liberty - not license to do whatever we will - but liberty to walk by faith, to walk in a manner worthy, to walk by the Spirit free from the power and penalty of sin. One day in glory, it will not even be possible to sin, but for now we walk by the Spirit, letting the Spirit direct our thoughts, our conduct, our speech. Engage God early in the morning with a determination to walk in the Spirit this day; engage God in the afternoon with a determination to abide by His spirit and not by the lust of the flesh; engage God in the evening and late at night, determining yet again. When you think and meditate, determine to bring every thought into captivity and to think in the Spirit. As you engage other people, determine by God's grace to remain in the Spirit and not be led by the flesh. "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57). He broke the power of canceled sin, removed the curse of the law, and gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit that we might walk in the Spirit, our hope a confident expectation that that God's Word is true, and His promise will not fail!

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Sermon Passages: Galatians 4:1-7

Adoption gives us the deepest insight into what it means to be a Christian, and into the greatness of God's love for us. We cannot understand our salvation any better than we understand adoption. While justification is the most important and foundational aspect of Christianity, adoption is the greatest and highest experience of the Christian life. In our adoption, we experience God's closeness, affection and generosity. We are challenged to grow in our awareness of God's real love for us as an adoptive Father.