February 5, 2020
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, therefore let us live by faith.
- Vv.10-12 As many as are of works of the law are under a curse
- V.10: All who rely on works of the law are under a curse, because who can do all the things? (Both passive and active)
- V.11: It’s obvious that no one is justified by the law, because “the righteous shall live by faith” quotation.
- V.12: The law is not a matter of faith, but of doing.
- Vv.13-14 Christ redeemed us from the curse, so that we might receive the blessing of Abraham
- V.13: Christ redeemed us from the curse by becoming a curse for us
- V.14: SO THAT/SO THAT: so that the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
January 30, 2020
The main point that Paul is making in Galatians 3:1-9--
ALL of the Christian life is By FAITH, through the Spirit, NOT by what you DO
1- A Rebuke: Reflect on your own history! (the PERSONAL argument v1-5)
2-A Review of Redemptive history (going back to Abraham) (the BIBLICAL argument v6-9)
November 20, 2019
November 20, 2019
It is only in Christ that we are justified. By faith in Jesus we are made right with God.
And in Christ, we are dead to the law and alive by grace because Jesus lives in us!
1- In Christ ...
- Justified by faith (15-16)
2- In Christ…
- Dead to the law (17-19)
- Alive by grace (20-21)
November 15, 2019
In our lesson this week, Galatians 2:11-14, we learned that Paul continued his story, to affirm his authority as an apostle and the authority of the gospel. Julia led us on a journey through this short, but impactful narrative together, using three points:
- Cephas Opposed- (11)
- Conduct Exposed- (12-13)
- The Gospel Line to Hold- (14)
Julia’s aim for us — “to so treasure the gospel that we would be compelled to confront others when we see the gospel compromised.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.