Galatians is Paul’s attempt to build bridges and to unify people across partisan divides that had formed in the early Christian movement.
We sometimes forget about the ethnic and cultural divisions that existed in the early Christian church. A movement that had risen from fervent Jewish faith was now beginning to spread to Gentile people across the Mediterranean. In Galatians, Paul is speaking to one side of the divide. In this collection of sermons based on Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia, pastor Tyler Tankersley reaches into this past to help us hear Paul’s words for the divides we face in our lives today.
Each volume of the Preaching the Word series consists of a collection of sermons preached through a book or books of the Bible. As in other commentaries, the author analyzes and seeks to interpret each passage. But Preaching the Word also exists as a testament to the Word preached, a homiletical commentary unfolding within a community of faith. Thus, this series allows us to approach the letters and histories of the New Testament as the first recipients did: as hearers of God’s Word.
The Day1 radio/podcast ministry presents the most compelling preachers of our time, so I was delighted when Tyler Tankersley was recommended to us, because he is one indeed. As you’ll discover in this book, Tyler has a gift for proclaiming biblical truths in fresh and meaningful ways to listeners of all ages—using accessible insights about relatable realities such as Oreos, superhero movies, Thai fruit, Dr. Seuss, and ESPN as springboards—and this compilation of sermons on Galatians makes that abundantly clear. Tyler claims that Galatians is ‘Paul’s attempt to build bridges and to unify across partisan divides’ in the early church—and that powerful motif speaks volumes in this time of division and discord. We need this voice now more than ever.
—The Rev. Peter M. Wallace, Executive Producer & Host,
“Day1,” and author of The Passionate Jesus and a dozen other books
For pastors and others, Rev. Tankersley offers in these creative sermons on Galatians why the first-century words from the Apostle Paul still speak wisdom into the experiences of twenty-first century Christians. Grounded in thoughtful theological reflection, attentive to biblical exegesis, and engaged with modern culture and concerns, these sermons model the best of today’s contemporary homiletics. Like Paul’s original words to the Galatians, these sermons both encourage and challenge readers.
—Dr. David May, Professor of New Testament, Central Seminary