Sunday Review, September 30, 2012
Galatians 2:1-10 was an exciting passage of Scripture as Paul continued to give testimony of how God had not only led him to salvation, but also led him to travel back to Jerusalem to speak the Gospel. The purpose of his traveling to Jerusalem was not for extra training in the Gospel, but rather to show how his Gospel was the same as the apostles Gospel: Jesus Christ died according to the Scriptures, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). The apostles were preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Jews while Paul was preaching the Gospel to Gentiles and had been for 14 years. (You can listen to the audio here: http://deniliojgorena.sermon.net/da/1199837461/play.)
We also completed our series in the Book of Genesis by preaching through Genesis 49-50: Blessings & Two Deaths. Israel (the covenant name of Jacob) was dying but before his death, he had all of his sons come into the room and he foretold what type of lives they would have as he blessed them. He died and the story continues with Joseph and his brothers. They were concerned that he would take revenge on them for selling him into slavery. Rather, Joseph took care of his brothers and their families and brought no harm to them. Joseph died and the Israelites multiplied greatly in Egypt.