Sunday Service was held at London Immanuel Church with a sermon delivered by Pastor Jason taken from Galatians 4:1-7, exhorting congregants to know their identities; that through Jesus they have become children of God and therefore also heirs.
In this chapter, Apostle Paul spoke about the time which had fully come. Humans have tried everything, however, by man’s own efforts those attempts have failed and are always futile.
The sermon emphasised the limitations of practices that hold onto the law alone and circumcision. In the modern era, mankind holds onto things like knowledge, technology, and philosophy, and although these things can be useful, they cannot bring about a fundamental transformation within humans.
Hebrews 4:15-16, tells us that the Lord, despite having equality with God, chose to become a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity and the lowest position. By living under the law, He understands the pain and vulnerability experienced by those under the law. Approaching the Lord with courage allows us to receive the help we need.
Galatians 4:5, Paul explained that the Lord’s purpose in coming under the law was to redeem humanity and grant them the adoption as sons. This redemption, accomplished by God’s Son, resulted in a transformative change in status, elevating us to the position of sons.
Galatians 4:6, Despite addressing God as Father, there remains a sense of distance and awe. However, the passage suggests a transformative shift, allowing believers to address God as “Daddy” or Father. The transformative experience of God becoming our Father and individuals becoming true children resembling the Lord is described as ushering in a new world of possibilities.
In Galatians 4:7 the passage emphasises that those who grasp the unconditional love of God through Jesus Christ and comprehend His sacrifice on the cross are empowered to continue God’s work. The transformative shift from the servant era to the son era is highlighted, emphasising inheritance. The dimension of sonship must be embraced, indicating that anyone accepting and receiving God’s love through Jesus Christ can become a son, emphasising the significance of acceptance over deeds.
He concluded with a prayer asking for all congregants to have the faith to respond to whatever calling God gives to each of them.