14: Boasting in the Cross – Thought Starters
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Stan: Can you believe it? We have fourteen Sabbaths this quarter!1
Pam: And one of the shortest books in the Bible.
Stan: You’re right. I think that’s made a big difference in our study this quarter, don’t you?
Pam: Sure. I think most of us have been blessed by studying the book of Galatians so intensely.
Stan: Then why don’t we do that for the whole Bible?
Pam: There’s too much in the Bible for us to cover. Maybe in heaven we’ll have time.
Stan: […]

09: The Disappointed Pastor – Thought Starters
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Carol knew the nausea would go away, but it was too much to endure sitting in the pews. At home she slept a while and then turned on the computer and within a couple of hours she was listening to Pastor Randy Roberts preaching at the Loma Linda University church.1

What was that he was saying? What?

Pastor Roberts was speaking with urgency. He was saying that no doctrine, no teaching, no lifestyle issue, no Scriptural interpretation—nothing—was as important […]

05: The Gospel in the Old Testament – Discussion Questions
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It was time for evening worship. Jim opened his Bible to read a key verse and almost choked laughing.

“What’s so funny?” Gracie asked.

“Paul is calling the Galatians nincompoops!”

“No, he’s not. He just says they’re foolish.”

“But the meaning is the same—stupid, ignorant, idiotic—and it’s in the Bible!”

“Exactly where it should be.”

“What?”

“Because the Bible is loaded with descriptions of people who went bad.”

“They were good at first?”

“Maybe, but not that good. But they turned bad.”

“How bad?”

“So bad that they missed the point […]

Living by Faith
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“…just as it is written: `The righteous will live by faith.’” Romans 1:17, NIV

While I was attending Walla Walla College in the late 1970s, a professor asked his class an impromptu quiz. “How many believe,” he asked, “that we can work our way to heaven by our good deeds?”

Only one or two hands went up.

“How many believe that our salvation is totally a gift of grace without regard to our good deeds?”

This time a few more hands went up.

Finally, he […]

How Did Paul Get His Knowledge
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Bible students know from Paul’s own testimony that he was well educated. “I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel” (Act 22:3 NKJV). Luke also has this comment concerning Gamaliel, “Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people” (Act 5:34 NKJV) and from the SDA Commentary we learn:

“Gamaliel was the […]

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 […]

A Look at Galatia
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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 since it is about 10 degrees cooler and a little dryer.

The red line is the approximate route that Paul took on his second missionary journey.

The […]