04: Justification by Faith Alone – Teaching Plan
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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 thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. Why does Paul state that the Jews by nature and not sinners of the [...]

03: Unity in the Gospel – Teaching Plan
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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 of this text is.

B. Why were the Jews so concerned about the Gentiles being circumcised?

C. Personal Application: What challenge does the SDA [...]

03: United We Stand, Divided We… Discussion Questions
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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 just read that the bone that keeps our tongue in place doesn’t work with any other bones but is controlled entirely by muscles and ligaments.

Still, a [...]

02: Galatians, sit up and take notice! – Discussion Questions
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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 a sheet of paper. “Kinshasha in the Congo, Durban in South Africa, Paris in France, Baranquilla in Colombia and, here’s the best of them all, in “Star Valley, [...]

Paul’s Authority and Ours
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“Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father…” Galatians 1:1, NIV

If you have ever been to the drag races, you know that it is a noisy place. Powerful engines using explosive fuel mixtures can make it seem like you are in a war zone. Drivers use several techniques to get an edge in the competition where victory can hinge on differences of mere hundredths of a second.

Racers will burn rubber [...]

02: Paul’s Authority and Gospel – Teaching Plan
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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 on what the main idea of this text is.

B. Are the words grace and peace just words of greeting here or do they have [...]

Paul learns to love the Gentiles – Discussion Points
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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?” you call into the depth of darkness.

“I am Jesus…”

“Jesus,” you’re thinking. “You’re Jesus!” Your knees are trembling.

The voice continues, “I am Jesus whom you [...]

01: Apostle to the Gentiles – Teaching Plan
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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 accusations true, partially true, or completely false? Share.

C. Personal Application: How do you think you would handle being partially or falsely accused in [...]

The Galatian Letter – a Great Read
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I was introduced to Galatians in Bible class many years ago. “Pauline Epsitles” was the name of the teaching unit. The lecturer was a theological academic and the students were a bunch of third and fourth-year undergraduate science students studying for London BSc Part 2 examinations. It was an interesting time. Anybody who has studied for finals for an English University knows the time and concentration it takes. So the fact that we had to take a Bible subject was [...]

Worship in Revelation – Discussion Points
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Gold. From “placer” miners working alone or with one or two companions to sift gold nuggets from mountain streams, to machine operators cutting into gold-rich rock at the huge Sutter Creek Gold Mine near Yosemite National Park in California, people everywhere are gearing up for a flow of money from gold waiting to be discovered in the United States and elsewhere.

Why such a surge of interest in gold? Biggest reason: the value of processed gold has soared from a mere [...]