Tuesday: Boasting in the Cross
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“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).1 Having exposed the motives that prompted some to insist on circumcision, Paul presents his gospel message to the Galatians one final time, though only in … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Boasting in the Flesh
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Read Galatians 6:12, 13. What is Paul saying in these verses? 1 Although Paul has hinted previously about the agenda and motivation of his opponents (see Gal. 1:7, 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 showing” in … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Paul’s Own Hand
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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 and 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.)  1 Paul’s closing remarks are not always uniform, but a number of common elements appear in them: (1) greetings to specific individuals, … [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, 12:1–8, 2 Cor. 4:10, 5:17, 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) This study on Galatians has been intense. That’s because the letter … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: The Gospel and the Church
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“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 him. He … [Click to read more …]

13: The Gospel and the Church – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: The indication of God’s presence is in the spirit manifested within the church. Intentional acts of kindness, help in trials, and forgiveness and restoration are extended to those who err. [Teaching plan for “The Gospel and the Church” December 21, 2011] 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 6:1. A. Ask class members to … [Click to read more …]

13: Doing good–to everybody? – Thought Starters
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Timothy loved the trumpet. By the time he turned fourteen he could play scales in all the keys and challenging exercises. He even presented “special music” for church. During secondary school Timothy listened carefully to all the trumpet music he could get his hands on and taught himself to slur notes, to manage extreme vibrato, … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Sowing and Reaping
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In Galatians 6:7, the word translated “mocked” (mukterizo) occurs only here in the New Testament, though it often appears in the Greek translation of the Old Testament. It literally means “to turn up one’s nose in contempt.” In the Old Testament it typically refers to the despising of God’s prophets (2 Chron. 36:16, Jer. 20:7), … [Click to read more …]