02: Paul’s Authority and Gospel – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Paul opens his letter to the Galatians with an authoritative and succinct reference to God’s gifts of grace and a denunciation of any contrary doctrine.

[Teaching Helps for Lesson 2: Paul’s Authority and Gospel, Oct 8, 2011]

1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 1:1-5

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. Are the words grace and peace just words of greeting here or do they have a deeper gospel oriented meaning?

C. Personal Application: How do you understand grace in your life? What does grace mean to you in your Christian walk in understanding the gospel?

D. Case Study : One of your relatives states, “How does God deliver us from this present evil world? I know the saints will be delivered at the second coming, but how are we delivered in this present time from the evil of this world?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Galatians 1:6-9

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What is the main focus of Paul’s gospel that could be perverted by church members into another gospel?

C. Personal Application: How can you know for sure what God has called you to do?

D. Case Study: One of your friends states, ”How sure are you that your church’s message is 100% accurate? Does your church have differing opinions on any part of your message? If so, is that a warning sign that the gospel may have been perverted?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Galatians 1:10-16.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. Why does Paul say it is impossible to be a follower of Christ while trying to please people?

C. Personal Application: How have you tried to please people that may have caused you to compromise your walk with Christ?

D. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “I have had a personal experience with God like Paul did. I don’t need any church leader or person to oversee my call and presentation of the gospel. Personal experience is most important.” How do you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Galatians 1:1,2

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What is the role of tradition in one’s personal life and in the life of the church?

C. Personal Application: How does your life prove to others the reality of God and His grace in your life?

D. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this
week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with
them.

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149)

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