Paul’s letter to the Galatians is fiery. The very Gospel of Jesus was at stake! In this letter to the early Christian church the Apostle defends his ministry and the word of God against those who had made the love of God into just another rule to be followed. Join us as we jump back in the Bible and study Paul’s letter to the Galatians.
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Lesson One: Only One
There are many ideas about God. There are many false religious who claim there are more gods. The Bible only talks about one God and one way that he saves his children. Jesus is the only way.
Lesson Two: Direct Revelation
The Apostle Paul didn’t get to spend three years following Jesus around Israel, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t get personal instruction. Paul received personal instruction in Arabia.
Lesson Three: The Gang’s All Here
The Apostle Paul meets up with the disciples in Jerusalem for the second time. What could go wrong after fourteen years? Do you think he will finally learn something about Jesus?
Lesson Four: Lunch Table Drama
What power is there in peer pressure? How could an Apostle of Jesus be afraid of what other men think? What’s important to remember is that the gospel saved the day. This was the very same gospel that Paul was preaching.
Lesson Five: Bewitched
Paul has defended himself and his work. Now he turns his focus to the gospel of Jesus. The distinction between works and faith is at the heart of Christianity. Paul begins a new section of his letter with proofs for the gospel. He starts with Abraham.
Lesson Six: Promised
We are cursed! Or should I say we WERE cursed. We can’t continue to do everything written in the book of the Law. God doesn’t leave us cursed in Jesus. Praise the Lord that we live by faith in a promise from our God.
Lesson Seven: Lead the Way
The law was given by God to Moses and the Israelites 430 years after God gave the promise to Abraham. Paul has told us what the law cannot do. Here Paul tells us why the law was given.
Lesson Eight: Distinct Differences
Under the law, Jewish people, freemen, and males had a different status than Greeks (Gentiles), slaves, and women. But when Christ came and salvation by faith in him was preached, the law was no longer needed and the legal distinctions fell away.
Lesson Nine: Waste of Time
Pulling out his eyes, diseased, alienated, and possibly a waste of time? Paul is at his wits end with this church. His anxiety spills over in these verses. We’ll look and see what all the angst is about!
Lesson Ten: Old Pictures
The Apostle Paul isn’t done trying to persuade his readers! In these verses he takes them back to the Old Testament for another picture of God’s grace. Paul uses an allegory to accomplish this.
Lesson Eleven: Free for Freedom
‘Merica! That is the rally cry across the fruited plain. God’s idea of freedom is a little different than what we celebrate on the 4th of July. We’ll see what Paul has to say to, and… it’s a little graphic.
Lesson Twelve: Fruity Freedom
Who doesn’t love a good fruit salad? The Apostle Paul connects the dots for us between the freedom that we enjoy in Jesus and the fruits we produce through that freedom.
Lesson Thirteen: Interpersonal
After there have been severe disagreements and divisions in a group, how can those be patched up so that the group can move forward? In some situations this can be impossible. Among God’s people the ability to forgive as Jesus has forgiven can open the door for restoration.
Lesson Fourteen: Final Words
Can you believe that Paul wrote this letter? What if it’s a forgery? There still one way that people prove you authorize a document – with a signature. These last words from the letter to the church in Galatia have the Apostle’s finger prints.