04: Justification by Faith Alone – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

Key Thought: Sinners can be justified in God’s sight only by accepting what God has done for them in Christ. Through faith we may die to self and let Christ live His life in us. Lesson for October 22, 2011 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 2:15-17 A. Ask class members to share a short … [Click to read more …]

03: Unity in the Gospel – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker


The Unity of the Gospel October 15, 2011 Key Thought: The church was in danger of losing its understanding of the gospel because of dependence on Jewish traditions that opposed faith in Christ’s work. 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 2:3-5 A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea … [Click to read more …]

03: United We Stand, Divided We… Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith


I have about as many bones as the average adult female does, and that’s enough for me. Some of those 206 bones are long and narrow, some are short and stubby. They attach to other bones by various means. Some of them are “fused” together. Others fit together by means of a hinge. And I … [Click to read more …]

02: Galatians, sit up and take notice! – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith


“Hey, look at this,” Fred said. “The Mormons are getting energized to preach their message around the world.” It was the first day of the General Conference session of the Church of Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons, in October of 2011. “They’re building six new temples,” Fred continued. “Look at this.” He held up … [Click to read more …]

02: Paul’s Authority and Gospel – Teaching Plan


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 … [Click to read more …]

Paul learns to love the Gentiles – Discussion Points
Joyce Griffith

Imagine it. Lights and a voice, and you’ve been knocked to the ground blinded by the flash. And then you hear this voice, powerful and deep: “Why have you been persecuting Me?” Bewildered, frightened and not a little bit worried, you look up. You can’t see. You muster the courage to speak. “Who are you?” … [Click to read more …]

01: Apostle to the Gentiles – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker


October 1, 2011 Key Thought: God changed Saul’s opposition to the young church resulting in a strong ministry to the Gentiles.. 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 6:9-15. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. B. What was Stephen being accused of? Were these … [Click to read more …]

A Look at Galatia

Map of Galatia (From Bibleworks Maps)

This map (produced in Bibleworks maps) shows the general area of Galatia, the setting of this quarter’s lessons, in what is now the country of Turkey. It is a region that forms a high plateau over 3000 ft (1000 m) in elevation and would have been more comfortable for Paul than Tarsus would have been … [Click to read more …]

09: Prophets and Worship
Joyce Griffith

A S T O R Y “Is being a Christian easy or hard?” Mike asked. “Easy,” said Ted. “If you love Jesus, then following Him is the easiest thing in the world to do.” “But what if people poke fun at you or ignore you because you’re a Seventh-day Adventist Christian? Is that easy?” “No, … [Click to read more …]