Bethlehem North Women’s Bible Study

Galatians 6:11-18 A Grace-filled, Cross-Centered Gospel Goodbye, Pam Larson (4-24-2020)

April 23, 2020

A Grace-filled, Cross-Centered Gospel Goodbye

CONTEXT: 

Paul’s grace-filled greeting (Gal 1:1-5) introduced us to the gospel that is from God and for God’s glory.

  • Paul defended his authority and the one true gospel in chapters 1-2.
  • He explained the gospel of grace and the glorious freedom it brings in chapters 3-4.
  • And in chapters 5-6, he applied the gospel by commanding us to love and serve one another in everyday life.

Paul ends this letter (Gal 6:18) with “ … the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers.” 

STRUCTURE:

The cross is the center of this passage, and it has been a central theme in Galatians. 

  • V12-13 The cross and circumcision (notice circumcision 3x in v12-13)
  • V14 The cross- our only boast
  • V15 A new creation not circumcision (notice circumcision 2x in v15)

OUTLINE:

1- The Cross Exposes Our Motives

  • The Motives of the Judaizers (6:12-13) SELF-boasting

    • Their pride
    • Their persecution-avoiding
    • Their Pharisaical actions
  • The Motives of Paul (6:14-17) CROSS-boasting
    • The power of the cross 
    • The purpose of the cross
    • The Person of the cross 

2- The Cross Defines Our New Life