Friday: Further Thought – Paul’s Authority and Gospel
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Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: “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 … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Origin of Paul’s Gospel
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Peter

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, Gal. 1:11-24. Why did Paul not require Gentile converts to be circumcised? Paul’s opponents claimed it was because … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Paul’s Authority and the Gospel
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Paul’s Authority and the Gospel” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: No Other Gospel
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No other Gospel but Jesus

What normally follows the opening greeting in Paul’s letters? How is Galatians different? Compare Gal. 1:6 with Rom. 1:8, 1 Cor. 1:4, Phil. 1:3, and 1 Thess. 1:2. Although Paul addresses all kinds of local challenges and problems in his letters to the churches, he still made it a practice to follow his opening greeting with a word of prayer or thanksgiving … [Click to read more …]

Paul’s Authority and Gospel – Teaching Plan
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Apostle Paul

Key Thought: Paul opens his letter to the Galatians with reference to God’s gifts of grace and fought against teachings of error in Galatia.. Lesson 2, July 8, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read 2 Peter 3:15,16. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Paul’s Gospel
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Paul preaching the Gospel

In addition to defending his apostleship, what else does Paul emphasize in his opening greeting to the Galatians? Compare Gal. 1:3-5 with Eph. 1:2, Phil. 1:2, and Col. 1:2. One of the unique features of Paul’s letters is the way he links the words grace and peace in the greetings. The combination of these two words is a modification of the most characteristic greetings in … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Paul’s Calling
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Paul's Calling

Though Paul’s epistles generally follow the basic format of ancient letters, Galatians contains a number of unique features not found in Paul’s other epistles. When recognized, these differences can help us better understand the situation Paul was addressing. Compare Paul’s opening salutation in Galatians 1:1-2 with what he writes in Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, and 2 Thessalonians 1:1. In what ways … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Paul – the Letter Writer
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Paul, the Letter Writer

Read 2 Peter 3:15-16. What do these verses tell us about how the early church viewed Paul’s writing? What does this teach us about how inspiration works? When Paul wrote to the Galatians, he was not trying to produce a literary masterpiece. Instead, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Paul was addressing specific situations … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Paul’s Authority and the Gospel
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Apostle Paul

Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Pet. 3:15-16; Galatians 1; Phil. 1:1; Gal. 5:12. Memory Text: “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10, NKJV). Students at a university built a center … [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 …]