Monday: The Challenge to Become
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The Challenge to Become

Read 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9; and Acts 26:28-29. What is Paul saying there that is reflected in Galatians 4:12? How are we to understand his point? Several times throughout Paul’s letters, he encourages Christians to imitate his behavior. In each situation, Paul presents himself as an authoritative example that believers should follow. In 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9, Paul … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Heart of Paul
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The Heart of Paul

Read Galatians 4:12-20. What is the thrust of Paul’s message in these verses? The initial indication of the concern that weighs heavily on Paul’s heart is his personal appeal in verse 12. The appeal follows immediately after Paul’s insistence that the Galatians “become as I am.” The significance of the word entreat or beseech is, unfortunately, not fully conveyed in … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Paul’s Pastoral Appeal
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 4:12-20, 1 Cor. 11:1, Phil. 3:17, 1 Cor. 9:19-23, 2 Cor. 4:7-12. Memory Text: “ Friends, I beg you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are” (Galatians 4:12, NRSV). As we’ve seen so far, Paul did not mince words with the Galatians. His strong language, however, simply reflected the inspired passion … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – From Slaves to Heirs
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Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: “In the council of heaven, provision was made that men, though transgressors, should not perish in their disobedience, but, through faith in Christ as their substitute and surety, might become the elect of God predestinated unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to [H]imself according to the good pleasure of [H]is will. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Why Turn Back to Slavery?
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Slavery

Galatians 4:8-20 Read Galatians 4:8-20. Summarize on the lines below what Paul is saying there. How seriously does he take the false teachings among Galatians? Paul does not describe the exact nature of the Galatians’ religious practices, but he clearly has in mind a false system of worship that resulted in spiritual slavery. Indeed, he deemed … [Click to read more …]

From Slaves to Heirs – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: We have been adopted into God’s family as sons and daughters in Christ. As part of His family, we have access to the rights and priviledges and responsibilities that entails. Lesson 8, August 19 2017 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:26-29. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Privileges of Adoption
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Privileges of Adoption

Galatians 4:5-7 In Galatians 4:5-7, Paul expands on his theme, stressing that Christ has now “redeemed those who were under the law” (vss. 4, 5, ESV). The word to redeem means “to buy back.” It referred to the price paid to buy the freedom of either a hostage or a slave. As this context indicates, redemption implies a negative … [Click to read more …]

8: From Slaves to Heirs – Discussion Starters
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From slaves to heirs. Read the short description at the beginning of the lesson and consider how Martin Luther learned to understand Galatians and obtain from this book the hope he craved for his own soul. How can you and I obtain the same blessing from studying this book? Our condition in Christ. Once we … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – 8: From Slaves to Heirs
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The title of this weeks’ lesson study, along with the Memory Text: Galations 4:7, give us our first hymn for this week, Hymn 594, “Heir of the Kingdom”. As we study further into the week, Hymn 568, “Make Me a Captive, Lord, and then I shall be free” is a theme that keeps coming back … [Click to read more …]

Hope SS: From Slaves to Heirs
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “From Slaves to Heirs” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath … [Click to read more …]