Further Study: Paul’s Pastoral Appeal


“In the Galatian churches, open, unmasked error was supplanting the gospel message. Christ, the true foundation of the faith, was virtually renounced for the obsolete ceremonies of Judaism. The apostle saw that if the believers in Galatia were saved from the dangerous influences which threatened them, the most decisive measures must be taken, the sharpest … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Speaking the Truth


Read Galatians 4:16. What powerful point is Paul making there? In what ways might you yourself have experienced something similar? (See also John 3:19; Matt. 26:64, 65; Jer. 36:17–23.) The expression “speaking the truth” often has negative connotations, especially in our day and age, when it can be viewed as a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred, spare-no-enemies tactic … [Click to read more …]

09: Paul’s Pastoral Appeal – Teaching Plan

Paul Preaching

Key Thought: After strong spiritual argument, Paul made an emotional appeal to the Galatians to remain in the gospel of grace. [Teaching plan for “Paul’s Pastoral Appeal” November 23, 2011] 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 4:12. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Then and Now


Paul’s relationship with the Galatian believers was not always as difficult and frigid as it has now become. In fact, as Paul reflects on the time when he first preached the gospel in Galatia, he speaks in glowing terms of how well they treated him. What happened? 1 What event seems to have led to … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: I Have Become as You Are

Read 1 Corinthians 9:19–23. What does Paul say in these verses that can help us understand better his point in the latter part of Galatians 4:12? (See also Acts 17:16–34, 1 Cor. 8:8–13, Gal. 2:11–14.) Galatians 4:12 can seem a little confusing. Why should the Galatians become like Paul, if he had already become like … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Challenge to Become


Read 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 2 Thessalonians 3:7–9; and Acts 26:28, 29. What is Paul saying there that is reflected in Galatians 4:12? How are we to understand his point?1 Several times throughout Paul’s letters, he encourages Christians to imitate his behavior. In each situation, Paul presents himself as an authoritative example that believers … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Heart of Paul


Read Galatians 4:12–20. What is the thrust of Paul’s message in these verses? The initial indication of the concern that weighs heavily on Paul’s heart is his personal appeal in verse 12. The appeal follows immediately after Paul’s insistence that the Galatians “become as I am.” The significance of the word entreat or beseech is, … [Click to read more …]