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'One in Christ' - transformation and unity for followers of Jesus

Galatians 3:28: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”


A problem in the Galatian church was the unifying of Jewish and Gentile Christians. Many of the Jewish believers thought that gentile converts to Christianity had to also take on the Mosaic Law in their obedience to God – in effect, to become Jews, as well as becoming Christians! Paul wrote this letter to correct this misunderstanding and remind the church of the Gospel of grace – that nothing other than repentance and faith in Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross makes us fit for God.


In chapter 3, Paul summarises our equality in Christ – that our background is no barrier in coming to Jesus, and our status does not define our value to Jesus. We are one, because we are ‘in Christ’, as God’s children:


“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:26-29)


In this series, we will discover a variety of people who encountered Jesus in the Gospel stories, as he met them where they were at, and accepted his wonderful welcome of grace.


This series is an opportunity for:

  • Those who are not yet believers to identify with characters in the stories, and accept Jesus’ offer of salvation and life in his name

  • Our church to grow in unity, seeing each other as equals in God’s eyes – “one in Christ” – and moving forward with a renewed sense of purpose as God’s family, using our different life experiences, stories, and skills for the glory of Christ







January 8th: Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:22-38)

The faithful older ones patiently longing for the Kingdom of God

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January 15th: John the Baptist (John 1:19-35; 3:22-36)

The humble servant who promoted Jesus’ greatness

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January 29th: Nicodemus (John 3:1-21)

The moral leader who needed to be born again

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February 5th: Samaritan Woman (John 4:1-42)

The lady craving a relationship to last forever

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February 12th: The Royal official (John 4:43-54)

The family who found healing for body and soul

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February 19th: Simon Peter (Matthew 4:18-20; 16:13-20)

The passionate fisherman who became a fisher of men

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March 5th: Levi (Luke 5:27-32 – see also Matthew 9:9-13)

The defector who received redemption

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March 12th: Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)

The blind beggar who could see his saviour

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March 19th: The little children (Luke 18:15-17)

The value of children in the Kingdom

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April 2nd: Mary of Bethany (Luke 10:38-42; Mark 14:1-9)

The family friend who treasured time spent with Jesus

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April 7th – Good Friday: The centurion at the cross (Mark 15:33-39)

The enemy whose heart was softened at the cross

April 9th – Easter Sunday: Mary Magdalene (John 20:1-18 – see also Luke 8:1-3, Mark 15:40-41, 47)

The woman delivered from demons and devoted to Jesus


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