Beginning the Journey (for new Christians)
1, 2, and 3 John
1 & 2 Thessalonians
1 & 2 Timothy
2 Peter, Jude
7 Last Words of Christ
Christ Powered Life (Rom 5-8)
David, Life of
Jesus and the Kingdom
Lamb of God
Names of God
Sermon on the Mount
and Bible Study Commentary for Personal Devotional Use, Small Groups or Sunday
School Classes, and Sermon Preparation for Pastors and Teachers
Galatians shines as Paul’s foundational exposition of core Christianity
It’s amazing how many so-called Christians don’t really “get it.” They think that the basis of Christianity is living a good moral life and doing good works. And – so long as you don’t mess up your life entirely – you’ll end up in heaven. And, oh yes, Jesus died for our sins, whatever that means.
Paul’s Letter to the Galatians deals with this kind of shallow understanding head-on. He had won the Galatians to Christ. But now some Jewish-Christians had begun to convince these Gentile believers that they couldn’t be saved unless they were circumcised and kept the Mosaic Law. The new Christians were about to go backwards – from faith in Christ to faith in law-keeping – and Paul is adamant that this is a fall from grace.
As you study Galatians, you’ll begin to grasp the core of the gospel that helped Martin Luther to the conviction that we are saved by faith alone. You’ll also learn to walk by the Spirit and bear the fruit of the Spirit in your character.
This volume explores Galatians in 9 lessons. Thought-provoking discussion questions make it a useful tool for personal enrichment, small groups, and classes. Extensive footnotes assist teachers and preachers with background research for sermon preparation.
Here's the abbreviated table of contents of this 166-page book:
|Table of Contents||4|
|References and Abbreviations||9|
|Introduction to Galatians||11|
|1. No Other Gospel (1:1-10)||18|
|2. The Independence of Paul’s Gospel (1:11-2:10)||26|
|3. Justified by Faith in Christ (2:11-21)||38|
|4. Faith Is the Key, not Law (3:1-25)||52|
|5. By the Spirit We Cry, ‘Abba, Father’ (3:26-4:7)||63|
|6. Freedom from the Law by the Spirit (4:8-5:12)||74|
|7. The Spirit and the Flesh (5:13-21)||91|
|8. The Spirit and Character (5:22-26)||104|
|9. Sowing to the Spirit (6:1-18)||117|
|Appendix 1: Handouts for Group Participants||136|
|Appendix 2. Chronology of St. Paul’s Ministry||162|
|Appendix 3: Songs and Hymns from Galatians||163|
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