Week 5 of a six-week series called Expanding the Table. The Apostle Paul was concerned that the Galatians were listening to Jewish Christians who were requiring Gentiles to be circumcised, according to Jewish law, before they could become true followers of the resurrected Messiah, Jesus.
He was worried that they were more concerned about dotting every “I” and crossing every “T” and following every rule and regulation than with truly keeping their focus on Jesus. Do you get caught up in this way of thinking too? How easy is it for you to judge someone else because you think they are not following the exact letter of the law? Instead, how do we reflect and see where God is at work in the lives of others or in our own lives? How are we, ourselves, putting on Christ, being clothed in Christ Jesus, with our words and actions?
In this six-week series, we look at how the followers of Jesus after his crucifixion went from disciples to apostles. Jesus instructed them that they were to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. But this commission wasn't as easy as they anticipated. Conflict arose with the growing numbers of followers. They had to figure out how to be a gathered community of Jesus across the world. They had to discover what it means to expand the table. Being a follower of Jesus no longer meant that you came from a certain people, place, or nation.