Tuesday: The Dangerous Consequences of Legalism

(Gal. 5:2-12) The way in which Paul introduces Galatians 5:2-12 indicates the importance of what he is about to say. “Look” (ESV), “Listen!” (NRSV), “Mark my words!” (NIV), “I, Paul, say to you” (ESV). Paul is not fooling around. By his forceful use of the word look, he not only calls for his readers’ full attention, but he even evokes his apostolic authority. He … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Christ Has Set Us Free


“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1). Like the rallying command of a military leader to his wavering troops, Paul charges the Galatians not to surrender their freedom in Christ. The forcefulness and intensity of Paul’s tone cause his … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Freedom in Christ

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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 5:1-15; 1 Cor. 6:20; Rom. 8:1; Heb. 2:14-15; Rom. 8:4; Rom. 13:8. Memory Text: “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13, ESV). In Galatians 2:4, Paul briefly referred to the importance of protecting the “freedom” that we have … [Click to read more …]

Dying to Overcome – Every Day

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24 NKJV  While reading through Galatians again, the part of this passage about even our desires being crucified jumped out at me. I have studied with people who tell me that even though they stopped smoking, the desire to smoke … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Ishmael and Isaac Today

The Promised Child

Paul’s brief sketch of Israel’s history was designed to counter the arguments made by his opponents who claimed that they were the true descendants of Abraham and that Jerusalem — the center of Jewish Christianity and the law — was their mother. The Gentiles, they charged, were illegitimate; if they wanted to become true followers … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Two Covenants

You can view an in-depth discussion of “The Two Covenants” 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 Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]