Boasting in the Cross- Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: True religion is based on the condition of the heart. When it is surrendered to God, a person will more and more reflect the character of Christ as they grow in faith. Lesson 14, September 30, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 6:12,13. a. Ask class members to share a thought on … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Boasting in the Cross
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Boasting in the Cross

“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Gal. 6:14) . Having exposed the motives that prompted some to insist on circumcision, Paul presents his gospel message to the Galatians one final time, though only … [Click to read more …]

14 Boasting in the Cross – Discussion starters
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The only thing worth boasting about. Can you imagine a bit of a twinkle in Paul’s eye as he proclaims: “Far be it from me to boast except in the Lord Jesus Christ”? Indeed, is there anything worth boasting about except Christ Jesus our Savior? Doesn’t Jesus deserve every word of praise we can muster, … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Boasting in the Flesh
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Suffering for Christ

Read Galatians 6:12-13. What is Paul saying in these verses? Although Paul has hinted previously about the agenda and motivation of his opponents (see Gal. 1:7, Gal. 4:17), his remarks in Galatians 6:12-13 are the first explicit comments he makes about his opponents. He describes them as wanting “to make a good showing in the flesh” (ESV). The phrase “a good … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 14: Boasting in the Cross
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Our Memory Text for this weeks’ lesson study suggests: Hymn 312, “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” along with Hymn 307, “I Am Coming to the Cross”. Sunday’s lesson states: “He simply cannot put the pen down until he pleads with the Galatians once more to turn from their foolish ways” and I am so … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Paul’s Own Hand
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By Paul's Own Hand

Compare Paul’s closing remarks in Galatians 6:11-18 to the final remarks he makes in his other letters. In what way is the ending of Galatians similar to and different from them? (See the final remarks in Romans, 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians.) Paul’s closing remarks are not always uniform, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Boasting in the Cross
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 6:11-18, Rom. 6:1-6, Rom. 12:1-8, 2 Cor. 4:10, 2 Cor. 5:17, 2 Cor. 11:23-29, Memory Text: “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14, ESV). This study on Galatians has been intense. … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Gospel and Church
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Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: “The Spirit of God keeps evil under the control of conscience. When man exalts himself above the influence of the Spirit, he reaps a harvest of iniquity. Over such a man the Spirit has less and less influence to restrain him from sowing seeds of disobedience. Warnings have less and less power over … [Click to read more …]

The Gospel and the Church – Hit the Mark
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A modern rendition of the prodigal son returning to the open arms of his father. His mother waves in the background. Front yard of house with white picket fence and open gate. Harry Anderson painting.

I’m writing this week’s post from Rome, the ancient city whose past intersects with the life of Paul. It was from Rome that Paul penned the letter to the church in Galatia. Unlike myself and my wife, Paul was not in Rome by his own choice. His presence there was due to the conflicts he … [Click to read more …]

The Gospel and the Church – Teaching Plan
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The Church

Key Thought: When the law of Christ is fulfilled in our lives, we will recognize our weaknesses and care for those who are fallen and burdened. Lesson 13, September 23, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 6:1. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text … [Click to read more …]