Friday, May 31, 2013

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

FOCUS Ministry for Women
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

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