11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
Todd Wilson says, "Hypocrisy, then, isn’t simply failing to live up to what you believe. That’s sin, to be sure. But it’s not the particular sin of hypocrisy. Nor is it what Paul accuses Peter and the other Jews of doing. When we live out our gospel convictions in one situation but then cover them up in another—that’s hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is when a believer plays the part of a nonbeliever."
Tim Keller says, "If Paul had only said: Your cultural superiority is a violation of the rules of God, his cowardice would have remained unaddressed, dormant, ready to make itself known in a different way. But in reminding him that he is justified already, Paul is saying: Peter, you don’t need approval from these men. You’ve already got Christ’s."
Praying Scripture will help build a more focused and creative prayer life. Read the Scripture text slowly and carefully. As you read, pray as the Lord brings prayers to your mind, and you can use these prompts if you get stuck or need more ideas. The point is to practice prayer, so even if you don’t pray through the whole list, just doing it is a success!
TEXT: Galatians 2:11-14
[Prayer prompts by Candi Powers]
Ask God to help you confront problems with others face to face while filled with grace and truth.
Pray for God to give you strength to stand alone for biblical convictions.
Pray that God would give you the strength and conviction not to change when you’re around certain people.
Ask God to give you wisdom to know when others aren’t following the gospel correctly.
Pray for God to take away fear of what others think of you.
Ask God to protect you from being led astray from the truth of the gospel by adding things to it.
Pray that God would show you areas where you are a hypocrite, saying something different than what you live out.
Pray that God would sanctify you increasingly so that your conduct is more and more in step with the truth of the gospel.
Praise God that we are saved by grace alone, and there is no work that we have to add to our salvation.
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Total General Fund Contributions and Preschool at The Creek Income
Week of February 5-11, 2024: $111,721
Year to Date: $525,379
February 11, 2024
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Food Pantry Update:
Our next Community Food Pantry - Saturday, February 10 & 24 (9-11am)
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Our Community Food Pantry events are held twice a month on the second and fourth Saturdays. Please contribute as you are able to assist us in helping families facing hunger. Items may be dropped off in the collection barrels both inside and outside the church near the office entrance. Thank you for your donations and compassion.
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