Thursday: Paul’s Concern
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The situation in Antioch surely was tense: Paul and Peter, two leaders in the church, were in open conflict. And Paul holds nothing back as he calls Peter to account for his behavior. What reasons does Paul give for publicly confronting Peter? Gal. 2:11–14.  As Paul saw it, the problem was not that Peter had decided to … [Click to read more …]

Unity as Music
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“Live in harmony with one another…” Romans 12:16, NIV I enjoy concerts. I marvel at how many different instruments in an orchestra can blend together to produce something of great power and beauty. I also thrill at the many different voices that blend together to produce the majestic strains of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Whether it … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Unity in Diversity
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Read Galatians 2:1–10. Paul says that the false brothers “slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery”(Gal. 2:4, ESV). What are Christians free from? Read ; Rom. 6:6, 7; 8:2, 3; Gal. 3:23–25; 4:7, 8; Heb. 2:14, 15. How do we experience for ourselves the reality of this freedom?  Freedom, as a … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Circumcision and the False Brothers
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Why was circumcision such a focal point in the dispute between Paul and certain Jewish Christians? See Gen. 17:1–22; Gal. 2:3–5; 5:2, 6; Acts 15:1, 5. Why is it not that hard to understand how some could have believed that even the Gentiles needed to undergo it? Circumcision was the sign of the covenant relationship that God established with Abraham, the … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Importance of Unity
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Read 1 Corinthians 1:10–13. What does this passage tell us about how important Paul believed unity in the church was?  Having refuted the allegations that his gospel was not God-given, Paul directs his attention in Galatians 2:1, 2 to another charge being made against him. The false teachers in Galatia claimed that Paul’s gospel was not in harmony … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Unity of the Gospel
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 2:1–14, 1 Cor. 1:10–13, Gen. 17:1–21, John 8:31–36, Col. 3:11. Memory Text: “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind” (Philippians 2:2, NKJV). Protestant reformer John Calvin believed that disunity and division were the devil’s chief device against the church, and … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Origin of Paul’s Gospel
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The Origin of Paul’s Gospel 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, 11–24.  Why did Paul not require Gentile converts to be circumcised? Paul’s opponents … [Click to read more …]