Fourth week in a six-week series called Expanding the Table. Last week, we read about the Council of Jerusalem and the discussion about the requirements for being a Christian, a follower of Jesus. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians flushes out the arguments for a more inclusive community of Jesus. At the time the Jewish practice of circumcision was thought to bring the Christian experience to perfection. The Galatians, struggling with the demands of living out their calling in a pagan environment, were no doubt vulnerable to what they felt were a security and guarantee for a fruitful and prosperous life. And in the middle of this tension, conflict, and unsettling turmoil, Paul makes the case for a gospel of grace. It is from Galatians that we get the definitions for law and gospel. We come to understand the theology of justification by faith. In a sense justification is the transition from brokenness to a right-relationship, a whole and healthy relationship with God. Faith is the belief that God will keep God’s promise. And to Paul, this happens through the grace of God in Jesus Christ. And then we as followers of Jesus respond to God’s grace through love of neighbor and stranger.