November 6, 2019
- What is the setting? “SOMEBODY” (verses 1- 3) CONTINUATION of the story
- COMMUNICATE CLEARLY the GOSPEL
- At stake: CONFIRMATION of Paul’s gospel & CHURCH UNITY
- What is the conflict? (verses 4-5) CONFRONTATION with false brothers
- CIRCUMCISION to be added??
- CONFRONT those who CONTRADICT gospel truth
- What is the resolution? "THEN" (verses 7-9) CONFIRMATION of Paul’s gospel and ministry
- ADDED nothing
GAVE the right hand of fellowship
- What is the new setting? The “SO”? (verses 9b-10) COMMISSION to ministry
- One true gospel is affirmed, but that gospel is presented in a way that seeks to connect with different groups. Same gospel, same content. The one true gospel message will come across with different nuances, depending on the audience’s circumstances, or religious or cultural background.
- Paul was eager to remember the poor, as he was eager to be like Jesus!
**3. What is the CLIMAX? (verses 5-6) CORRECT DOCTRINE
Gospel truth preserved!! ONE TRUE GOSPEL! NOTHING ADDED to Christ! Christ alone for salvation!
October 23, 2019
Do not turn to a false gospel, but trust in the pure gospel of Christ, which alone gives life.
Julia will unpack this as she goes through these three points—
- Paul’s reason for writing, in verses 6-7
- Paul’s reaction to false gospels, in verses 8-9
- Paul’s motivation for speaking, in verse 10
For more information on joining this Bible study on Galatians, contact email@example.com
October 11, 2019
Galatians 1:1-5 | A Grace-Filled Gospel Greeting
Pam Larson, October 9, 2019
Paul’s grace-filled greeting introduces us to the gospel that is from God and for God’s glory.
- 1-greeting ……..v1-2….. BELIEVE the MESSENGER, who is NOT from man Paul’s grace-filled greeting introduces us.. (this is the FROM/TO section)
- 2-gospel ……v3-4…...BELIEVE the MESSAGE: Grace to you and peace the gospel that is from God
- 3-glory …….. v5……..Closing for God’s glory.
October 4, 2019
Jacque Boldt helped us to have a clear, working knowledge of the main point of the book of Galatians. She said, “Our destination is understanding the main point of Galatians. To get there, we will travel through three stops: Background information, What does the text say?, and What does the text mean?”
Here is how Jacque helped us to get there::
- Used Google Earth to help us see the terrain of the region of Galatia in Paul’s day, which is in modern-day central Turkey.
- Brought us in on the method that the teaching team has been using to analyze and process the text, and gave us a chance to practice it.
Genre: The type of literature--Galatians is an epistle, or letter
Literary Context: The passages immediately before and after the passage you are studying
Biblical Context: Citations and allusions from Scripture, and historical connections to other books of the Bible
Historical Context: The circumstances of the audience
Melodic Line: The main theme of the book, which distinguishes it from all other books in the Bible. It is like a thread woven through the book, which each section helps to “unpack.”
September 25, 2019
On Wednesday, Sept 25, Pam Larson introduced our Women’s Ministry theme for this year, “No Other Gospel,” which comes from Galatians 1: 6-7 followed by a panel discussion with our Wednesday morning Women's Bible Study teaching team: Pam Larson, Jacque Boldt and Julia Dembeck.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
This wonderful gospel of grace is sweet and precious and unique. One-of-a-kind good news. The wonderfully liberating news of the gospel is that Christ alone has performed perfectly for us!
- We are not saved by what we do, but by what Jesus has done for us.
- We are not saved by making promises to God (which we fail to keep) but by believing His promises.
Adding any requirements to what Jesus has already done, on the Cross, to save us, robs him of glory and robs us of the freedom his precious blood bought for us. Galatians reminds us to embrace and follow the true gospel message and not allow ourselves to be misled by the ‘false gospels,’ of our day.
Our prayer for all of us this year is that we:
- will fall more deeply in love with Jesus,
- see more clearly the true wonders of grace,
- and more readily recognize false teaching when we hear it.
September 19, 2019
Bethlehem North Women's Ministry Kickoff ... our theme for the coming year is, “No Other Gospel,” based on Galatians 1:6–7.
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.
In this media-heavy age, we face a barrage of messages every day. Some are wholly and obviously untrue, but many more contain a confusing mix of truth and error. We have a crafty adversary constantly luring us with deceptively appealing and persuasive ideas, and the need for careful, biblical discernment is crucial.
Pam Larson opened the evening, introducing Women's Ministry at the North Campus and also introduced our theme, "No Other Gospel." A panel of North women from across the generations discussed this theme, with Abigail Dodds as moderator, and four women from four generations on the panel, each offering her unique perspective on the issue:
*Note: this was recorded from the audience, using a phone, so the quality is not great.
April 11, 2019
My aim: is for you to SEE (the truth) and BELIEVE Jesus and have radical new life in believing in Him, our risen Savior.
4 characters/groups have one thing in common: the emotion of grief
For each, ask:
- How does the progression of sight and belief tie into the aim of the whole book? And how do the senses play a role--seeing, hearing, touching….
- HOW were each of them transformed by Jesus’ resurrection?
March 20, 2019
Chapters 1-12 unfolded the public ministry of Jesus, as He revealed Himself in words and works from the Father, over 3 years’ time. Then, in chapters 13-17, the lens focused in on one single evening, as Jesus comforts and prepares the hearts of His disciples for the great climax of His ministry and life. He serves them, teaches them, and prays for them. And now, as we turn to John 18, the action rolls forward as Jesus moves to the moment of glory and agony that He has prepared them for. As we walk through the sections of this chapter, I’m going to periodically insert a brief reading from the Old Testament, primarily from the psalms of lament. As Jesus, the Lamb of God, goes to His death, He is loving His own to the end. I hope that you will hear in the emotion and ache of these laments the deep, unstoppable love of God as Jesus is poured out so that He might take you in.
- Betrayed: Jesus meets His betrayer in the garden (1-3)
- Unprotected: Jesus delivers His followers and refuses deliverance (4-11)
- Tried: Trials 1 and 2: Jesus before the Jews (12-14, 19-24)
- Denied: Peter denies Jesus three times (15-18, 25-27)
- Tried: Trial 3: Jesus before the Romans (28-38a)
- Exchanged: Pilate offers release; the people choose Barabbas (38b-40)
March 7, 2019
Abiding is being connected to Jesus through faith. Are you abiding in Jesus?
1- Our relationship to Christ, a METAPHOR (15:1-11)
We saw that true faith abides in Jesus and produces fruit.
2- Our relationship with believers, a COMMAND (15:12-17)
We learned that faith produces fruit of love and obedience, too.
3- Our relationship with the world, a WARNING (15:18-16:4)
We discovered that faith in Jesus brings on hatred from the world and also handles the world’s
hatred … how? We are encouraged that it is only through the power of the Spirit, our HELPER.
4- Our relationship with the Spirit, a HELP(ER) (15:26-16:15)
- Faith’s power comes from the Spirit.
- Helping us SEE (16:16-19) and turning Sorrow to JOY! (16:20-24)
5- Jesus is our Overcomer and source of PEACE (16:25-33) when we have faith in our Overcomer...we find peace in Him
Do we imagine that we are abiding in Jesus because we are better or smarter? We have no grounds for pride or boasting. Jesus chose us and set us apart -- appointed us. To do what? Jesus commands us to love one another as He has loved us. That is sacrificial, laying-down-your-life kind of love. How can we possibly do that? Only by ASKING for His help! When the Father gives us this fruit, our love will be an evidence of our abiding and an example to the world….and the world will hate us-- guaranteed by Jesus who the world hated first.