Wednesday: Confrontation in Antioch
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Some time after Paul’s consultation in Jerusalem, Peter made a visit to Antioch in Syria, the location of the first Gentile church and the base of Paul’s missionary activities described in Acts. While there, Peter ate freely with the Gentile Christians, but when a group of Jewish Christians arrived from James, Peter—fearful of what they … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Unity in Diversity
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Read Galatians 2:1–10. Paul says that the false brothers “slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery”(Gal. 2:4, ESV). What are Christians free from? Read ; Rom. 6:6, 7; 8:2, 3; Gal. 3:23–25; 4:7, 8; Heb. 2:14, 15. How do we experience for ourselves the reality of this freedom?  Freedom, as a … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Circumcision and the False Brothers
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Why was circumcision such a focal point in the dispute between Paul and certain Jewish Christians? See Gen. 17:1–22; Gal. 2:3–5; 5:2, 6; Acts 15:1, 5. Why is it not that hard to understand how some could have believed that even the Gentiles needed to undergo it? Circumcision was the sign of the covenant relationship that God established with Abraham, the … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Importance of Unity
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Read 1 Corinthians 1:10–13. What does this passage tell us about how important Paul believed unity in the church was?  Having refuted the allegations that his gospel was not God-given, Paul directs his attention in Galatians 2:1, 2 to another charge being made against him. The false teachers in Galatia claimed that Paul’s gospel was not in harmony … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Unity of the Gospel
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 2:1–14, 1 Cor. 1:10–13, Gen. 17:1–21, John 8:31–36, Col. 3:11. Memory Text: “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (Philippians 2:2, NKJV). Protestant reformer John Calvin believed that disunity and division were the devil’s chief device against the church, and … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Paul’s Authority and Gospel
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“In almost every church there were some members who were Jews by birth. To these converts the Jewish teachers found ready access, and through them gained a foot-hold in the churches. It was impossible, by scriptural arguments, to overthrow the doctrines taught by Paul; hence they resorted to the most unscrupulous measures to counteract his … [Click to read more …]

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

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“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 …]

Thursday: The Origin of Paul’s Gospel
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The Origin of Paul’s Gospel The troublemakers in Galatia were claiming that Paul’s gospel was really driven by his desire to obtain the approval of others. What might Paul have done differently in his letter if he were merely seeking human approval? Consider Gal. 1:6–9, 11–24.  Why did Paul not require Gentile converts to be circumcised? Paul’s opponents … [Click to read more …]