Bible Study With Jairus-Galatians


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Bible Study with Jairus - Galatians This evening we are going to quickly go through several chapters of Galatians. This morning when I attended an American Evangelical Community Church, the pastor used a term called SBNR which means spiritual but not religious. This pastor was criticizing people who don’t participate in church activities and are not willing to have any commitment. He stated that there were Christians in the United States adopting this slogan. These people are dissatisfied with the church as an institution and use the slogan as an excuse for laziness. He said that admittedly, there’s nothing wrong with being SBNR, but it shouldn’t be an excuse for laziness. They refuse to pursue spiritual growth and be built together with others. He said that God’s intention for Christians is to love and interact with each other in a community so that we can learn and edify each other. When I got home and opened Facebook I saw one of my teachers, a Charismatic pastor at the Randy Clark Scholars, a Doctor of Ministry program at the United Theological Seminary, preaching through live streaming. He was talking about the same topic, that Christians should be rooted in the community and grow more in one’s spiritual life through interacting with each other. We shouldn’t use avoiding religion and pursuing spirituality as an excuse to escape building each other up. Then I felt inspired by the Holy Spirit about the message I will be sharing tonight. Today, the Holy Spirit seems to have a theme - the issue of abusing grace and the relationship between grace and the law. Since we were already planning to study Galatians which deals with the law, we will explore this topic tonight. I heard that there was a dispute in China over the propagation of the so called “Grace Gospel.” A pastor in Singapore prefers to impart truth by teaching God’s grace and therefore was labeled as the “Grace Gospel.” I read an article in a charismatic magazine by an American pastor who believed that this pastor in Singapore overemphasized God’s grace and neglected God’s discipline which in turn caused people to abuse God’s grace. These two pastors agreed to meet and discuss the topic in the Lord’s love. I even saw pictures of the meeting. As a result of this meeting even the American pastor was criticized by those who opposed the “Grace Gospel. Apparently many people in the United States disagree with that teaching. When I used to have my own audio program on the Chinese online platform, some of the audience in China often interacted with me. One of them was a follower of this so-called Grace Gospel. He chatted with me and asked me how I felt about the Grace Gospel. I know that he wanted me to affirm this teaching, but to be honest, I don’t know much about the Grace Gospel in China or why people criticize it so I couldn’t support him. He and I didn’t have any further communication after that. READ MORE: