Monday: The Challenge to Become

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? 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 should follow. In 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9, Paul … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Heart of Paul

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, unfortunately, not fully conveyed in … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Paul’s Pastoral Appeal

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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 4:12-20, 1 Cor. 11:1, Phil. 3:17, 1 Cor. 9:19-23, 2 Cor. 4:7-12. Memory Text: “ Friends, I beg you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are” (Galatians 4:12, NRSV). As we’ve seen so far, Paul did not mince words with the Galatians. His strong language, however, simply reflected the inspired passion … [Click to read more …]

Hope SS: From Slaves to Heirs

You can view an in-depth discussion of “From Slaves to Heirs” 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 … [Click to read more …]