Thursday: The Superiority of the Promise
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Abraham and the Three Strangers

“ ‘He was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words to pass on to us’ ” (Acts 7:38, NIV). 1

In Galatians 3:19, 20, Paul continues his train of thought about the law not nullifying the covenant of grace; this is important because, if the theology of his opponents were correct, the law would do just that. Think, then, what our position as sinners would [...]

Wednesday: The Duration of God’s Law
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Sermon on the Mount

Does Paul’s statement about the law being added at Mount Sinai mean that it did not exist previously? If not, what was the difference before and after Mount Sinai? Read Gen. 9:5, 6; 18:19; 26:5; 39:7–10; Exod. 16:22–26. 1

God did not need to reveal His law to Abraham with thunder, lightning, and a penalty of death (Exod. 19:10–23). Why, then, did God give the law to the Israelites in that manner? It was because, during their bondage in Egypt, the Israelites had lost sight of God’s greatness and His [...]

06: Priority of the Promise – Teaching Plan
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10-29

Key Thought: The law serves to reveal God’s character and show our deficiencies, leading us to our acceptance of Christ’s righteousness and our redemption by faith.

[Teaching Plan for Priority of the Promise November 2, 2011]

1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:15-18

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What is the difference between a contract and a will ( or testament)?

C. Personal Application: How [...]

Tuesday: The Purpose of the Law
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Sin of Adam and Eve

In Galatians 3:19–29 Paul makes multiple references to “the law.” What law is Paul primarily referring to in this section of Galatians? 1

Some, believing that the word until in verse 19 (ESV) indicates that this law was only temporary, have thought the passage must refer to the ceremonial law, because the purpose of that law was fulfilled at the cross and thus came to an end. Though this makes sense by itself, it does not appear to be Paul’s point in Galatians. While both the [...]

Monday: Faith and Law
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Jesus With Ten Commandments

Paul has argued strongly for the supremacy of faith in a person’s relationship with God. He has repeatedly stated that neither circumcision nor any other “works of law” are a prerequisite to salvation, “because by works of the law no one will be justified” (Gal. 2:16, ESV). Moreover, it is not the works of the law but faith that is the defining mark of the believer (Gal. 3:7). This repeated negation of the works of the law raises the question, “Does the law have [...]

Sunday: Law and Faith
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Even if his opponents conceded that Abraham’s life was characterized primarily by faith, Paul knew that they still would have questions about why God gave the law to Israel about four centuries after Abraham. Did not the giving of the law nullify any previous arrangement?

What is the point of Paul’s analogy between a person’s final will and testament and God’s covenant with Abraham? Gal. 3:15–18.

A covenant and a will are generally different. A covenant is typically a mutual agreement [...]

Designer of the DNA Code
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“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20

People have always been able to learn something about God from what God has created.  But as science has advanced, and has revealed more and ever more of the once-hidden secrets of the physical and biological worlds, we can appreciate more deeply the wonderful creative power of God.

The [...]

Sabbath: The Priority of the Promise
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10-29

Read for This Week’s Study:

Gal. 3:15–20, Gen. 9:11–17, Matt. 5:17–20, Exod. 16:22–26, Gen. 15:1–6.

Memory Text:

“For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but God gave it to Abraham by a promise” (Galatians 3:18, ESV).

Someone once asked a politician, “Have you kept all the promises that you made during the campaign?” He responded, “Yes . . . well, at least all the promises that I intended to keep.”Who hasn’t, at one time or another, been [...]

Old Testament Faith – Teaching Plan
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10-21

Key Thought: Through the sacrificial system the Old Testament illustrated the terrible cost of sin and the offering of a perfect substitute in the place of the sinner at death.

[Lesson 5: OLD TESTAMENT FAITH              October 29, 2011]

1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:1-5

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What was the problem many of the Galatian believers had that Paul warned them of being [...]

Further Study: Old Testament Faith
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“Upon Christ as our substitute and surety was laid the iniquity of us all. He was counted a transgressor, that He might redeem us from the condemnation of the law. The guilt of every descendant of Adam was pressing upon His heart. The wrath of God against sin, the terrible manifestation of His displeasure because of iniquity, filled the soul of His Son with consternation. All His life Christ had been publishing to a fallen world the good news of [...]

Inside Story: Those Evil Christians
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IS - 10-28

Tawgy slowed his steps as he neared his home in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. “Dear Father,” he prayed, “help my parents not to be angry with me for going to church instead of doing my chores. Help them to understand that I’m not trying to disobey them, but that I want to obey You.”

Thirteen-year-old Tawgy had been a Christian for only a few months, and his parents still were deeply concerned that he had joined “that evil sect.” Tawgy understood, for he, [...]

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 [...]