Tuesday: The Purpose of the Law
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Sin of Adam and Eve

In Galatians 3:19–29 Paul makes multiple references to “the law.” What law is Paul primarily referring to in this section of Galatians? 1 Some, believing that the word until in verse 19 (ESV) indicates that this law was only temporary, have thought the passage must refer to the ceremonial law, because the purpose of that law was fulfilled at the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Faith and Law
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Jesus With Ten Commandments

Paul has argued strongly for the supremacy of faith in a person’s relationship with God. He has repeatedly stated that neither circumcision nor any other “works of law” are a prerequisite to salvation, “because by works of the law no one will be justified” (Gal. 2:16, ESV). Moreover, it is not the works of the law but … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Law and Faith
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Even if his opponents conceded that Abraham’s life was characterized primarily by faith, Paul knew that they still would have questions about why God gave the law to Israel about four centuries after Abraham. Did not the giving of the law nullify any previous arrangement? What is the point of Paul’s analogy between a person’s … [Click to read more …]

Designer of the DNA Code
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“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20 People have always been able to learn something about God from what God has created.  But as science has advanced, and has … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Priority of the Promise
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10-29

Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 3:15–20, Gen. 9:11–17, Matt. 5:17–20, Exod. 16:22–26, Gen. 15:1–6. Memory Text: “For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise” (Galatians 3:18, ESV). Someone once asked a politician, “Have you kept all the promises that … [Click to read more …]

Old Testament Faith – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

10-21

Key Thought: Through the sacrificial system the Old Testament illustrated the terrible cost of sin and the offering of a perfect substitute in the place of the sinner at death. [Lesson 5: OLD TESTAMENT FAITH              October 29, 2011] 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:1-5 A. Ask class members to share a short thought on … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Old Testament Faith
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“Upon Christ as our substitute and surety was laid the iniquity of us all. He was counted a transgressor, that He might redeem us from the condemnation of the law. The guilt of every descendant of Adam was pressing upon His heart. The wrath of God against sin, the terrible manifestation of His displeasure because … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Those Evil Christians
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IS - 10-28

Tawgy slowed his steps as he neared his home in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. “Dear Father,” he prayed, “help my parents not to be angry with me for going to church instead of doing my chores. Help them to understand that I’m not trying to disobey them, but that I want to obey You.” Thirteen-year-old Tawgy had … [Click to read more …]

05: The Gospel in the Old Testament – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

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It was time for evening worship. Jim opened his Bible to read a key verse and almost choked laughing. “What’s so funny?” Gracie asked. “Paul is calling the Galatians nincompoops!” “No, he’s not. He just says they’re foolish.” “But the meaning is the same—stupid, ignorant, idiotic—and it’s in the Bible!” “Exactly where it should be.” … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Redeemed From a Curse
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10-25

Paul’s opponents were no doubt stunned by his bold words in Galatians 3:10. They certainly did not think themselves to be under a curse; if anything, they expected to be blessed for their obedience. Yet, Paul is unequivocal: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it … [Click to read more …]