Amy Castello: Quit Living by the Rules

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Amy Castello: Quit Living by the Rules! (Galatians 2)

Amy Castello, missions and family pastor of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Robinson, examines a disagreement between Peter and Paul. Even though Peter knew freedom from religious rules because of Jesus, he was afraid of being judged by Jewish Christians if they saw him with Gentile Christians. Paul was angry with Peter’s hypocrisy and called him out on it.

Castello points to feedback from people outside the church who indicate one of the biggest reasons they do not participate in the church is its hypocrisy. People outside the church recognize freedom from religious rules doesn’t mean Christians aren’t supposed to behave differently.



She wraps up Paul’s response to Peter with a powerful quote from South Dakota Jackrabbits Head Coach Scott Nagy.

This sermon was delivered on Aug. 9, 2020, for the morning worship services of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Robinson. It is part of an expository series on Galatians. A sermon script is available here.


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