Friday, May 31, 2013

I Am Free! (A Study in Galatians) Lesson 2

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I AM FREE! A Study in Galatians

Galatians Chapter 2 --Freedom from traditions/Freedom in Christ

The gospel becomes the new framework for viewing everything in a different light and it becomes a new dynamic and motivation for doing everything we do. The gospel must be applied to and transform everything. To "set aside grace" or ignore the implications and motivations of the gospel, is to render Christ's death pointless.

What do you think was the significance of Peter's "eating with Gentiles" (v.12)?

 What led Peter to stop and why was that hypocritical?

What do we learn from the incident in v.11-16 about when and how to oppose another Christian? 

How does Paul seek to move Peter to change his behavior?

What does Paul mean when he says that Peter was not "acting in line with the truth of the gospel" (v. 14)? 

How does Paul argue in v. 14-16 that continuing the ceremonial law is not "in line" with the gospel?

How is racism not in line with the gospel (v.14-16)?

How might we still partake in Peter's sin?  What difference does it make to argue like Paul instead of just saying "racism is wrong"? 
Do Christians normally appeal to each other like this?

What objection to gospel-based living does Paul anticipate in v.17? 

What is his answer in verses 19-21? 

Put it in your own words as a "sermon to your heart."

Live it out: Are you locked in to any traditions or religious rules? What are they? Where did they originate?

Further study: Read Galatians 3

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I Am Free! (A Study in Galatians) Lesson 1

Welcome to our series I Am Free! (A Study in Galatians)
These weekly lessons coincide with the teachings on Coffee and the Word Radio.

Freedom—we all want it! We desire freedom from oppression, poverty, war, illness. But freedom from our own spiritual bondages is what we need to pursue. Galatians is about the freedom we can have in Jesus Christ. Galatians was written by Paul, a former Christian persecutor. God set him free from religious bondage and he wanted everyone to know this freedom.

Paul had visited Galatia before traveling on to other areas. Very soon after he left, false teachers infiltrated the young churches and tried to convince them they were not really Christians. They did this by telling them that if they weren’t following the law of Moses, they weren’t really saved. They mixed Mosaic law with grace as a condition of salvation. Paul heard about this and immediately wrote a letter the Galatians’ churches.
Galatians is the only letter that Paul wrote directly to a group of churches. Galatia was a region, an area, not a particular city. It actually encompassed many towns. At the time of this letter, false teachers were present in the churches. They were legalists (Judaizers). These false teachers taught that men and woman must observe the law of Moses for salvation from sin. But Acts 15:11 says we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. They were false teachers.

Read Galatians Chapter 1 

Read verse 1-5
Where did Paul’s authority come from?
Read verses 6-10
How did the beginning of this letter differ from the other letters Paul wrote?
What is Paul’s major concern with the Galatians’ church? 
Read verses 11-17
Where did Paul’s gospel come from?
Where do we see the proof of the divine origin of Paul’s gospel?
When was Paul appointed for the work of the gospel? (Read Jeremiah 1:5)
Paul received no human instruction following his conversion, so where did he learn the substance of the gospel?
Read verses 18-24
Who did Paul meet in Jerusalem? 
What was the purpose of his visit?   
Live it out: Freedom in Jesus Christ--what does that look like? How would your life be different if you were totally free from all bondage?
Further Study: Re-read, and meditate on, Chapter 1 of Galatians. What stands out to you?