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Grace Works
Studies in Galatians
Published:
1/12/2012
Format:
Dust Jacket Hardcover
Pages:
140
Size:
6x9
ISBN:
978-1-46271-280-9
Print Type:
B/W

Grace Works offers a verse-by-verse devotional commentary that breaks down the finer details of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, giving the reader a look inside the heart of God’s salvation. If you have wondered if you can lose your salvation, or if you have “fallen from grace,” Grace Works can provide guidance.

In Paul’s ministry, the Judaizers were those who persuaded themselves to resist and attack the grace of God. For them, it was unconscionable that any man would not have to work his way to the presence of God. That presence must be earned; it must be worked for. These men who converged upon the Galatian churches were enemies of grace who put a new spin on old lies. These men intended to change the very foundational doctrines of the church.

It was this attack that Paul confronted. His counterattack, inspired by the Holy Spirit, has given the world one of the greatest treatises on grace. Grace flowed from his pen onto eternal pages of Scripture and consequently into the hearts of committed Christ-followers who read them. Pastors and laymen seeking study tools for preaching and teaching Galatians will find it to be a useful resource in all spiritual libraries. Deepen your understanding of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians with Grace Works.

We live in interesting times. We live in a technological age, a cybernetic age, and in an age of global convergence. Consequently, our worldviews are changing more quickly than some may realize.

Some things, however, never change. One of those things is Satan’s attempts to thwart the grace of God in our lives. Amazingly, thanks to the presence of the sin nature (also known as “the flesh,” or “the old nature,” or even “the old man”), mankind unwittingly collaborates with Satan to circumvent that great blessing and gift of grace that God offers to us.
In Paul’s ministry the Judaizers were those who persuaded themselves to resist and attack the grace of God. For them, it was unconscionable that any man would not have to work his way to the presence of God. That presence must be earned; it must be worked for.
These men who converged upon the Galatian churches were enemies of grace who put a new spin on old lies. To coin a phrase from a modern fictional work, these men had sharp knives and blunt intentions. These men intended to change the very foundational doctrines of the church.

It was this attack that Paul confronted. His counterattack, inspired by the Holy Spirit, has given the world one of the great treatises on grace. Grace drips from the pages. It flowed from his “pen” onto eternal pages of scripture and consequently into the hearts of committed Christ-followers who read them.

My original intent in this meager attempt to explain and apply Paul’s letter to the Galatians was in teaching my new flock about the riches of God’s grace, and how it can make us free in Christ. I did not intend for this to be a technical work, such as would be written by many of our fine seminary professors. Hence, there are no Greek words in the original language; instead, they are transliterated. My primary thoughts are an attempt at theological soundness, but also devotional interest. And I tried to follow the counsel of my doctoral supervisors who taught me to “write tight.”

The preachers who may read this will find the occasional sermon outline that arose as I studied these verses over several months. Those outlines appear in the hopes that it may be of some help, especially to those young preachers just beginning their ministry. I do not imagine myself, however, to be so masterful in the pulpit as to have produced anything that would be considered exceptional.

My wife and I served as international missionaries for two decades in different parts of Peru. The experiences there were enriching beyond words. You will find illustrations drawn from those years of ministry.

I also made every attempt to accurately quote and cite those men whose works I read. If I happened to miss the occasional reference, it was an innocent oversight on my part.

That being said, please find inside these pages an attempt to bring glory to our God through Jesus Christ, and words that magnify the great truths of salvation, hence freedom, by grace.

Kevin Shearer is a pastor and teacher with more than thirty years experience in both pastoral ministries and missions. He and his family lived and served in Peru for twenty years, where he was a church planter, strategy coordinator, and seminary teacher. He currently serves as pastor in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he lives with his wife, Pam.



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