Galatians: Week Six

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Scripture to Read

Galatians 6


Research & Define

  1. Weary
  2. Good

Reflect & Discuss

  1. How do you respond when God asks you to do something way out of your comfort zone or qualifications?
  2. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  3. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

2 Corinthians 11:16-33


Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 6:9-10

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Prayer

Heavenly Father, my desire is to please You and live a life worthy of the calling I have received. Help me to correctly handle the Word of Truth with a pure heart. Let me learn and come to the knowledge of truth, knowing what I believe and why. My feet are firmly planted on You, my Rock and salvation. Help me look to You as my standard and not others. Comparison is the thief of joy and I will not give foothold to the enemy. I choose You and give You all that I am. Let this week’s study transform me from the inside out and bring me deeper and closer to You.

In Jesus’ name amen


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Galatians: Week Five

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Scripture to Read

Galatians 5


Research & Define

  1. Freedom/Liberty:
  2. Walk/live/guide:

Reflect & Discuss

  1. What do you think about when you hear the word alienate? (vs 4)
  2. What does it look like to walk in the Spirit in you life, in this season?
  3. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  4. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

Hebrews 12:11

Romans 8:1-17 (amp)

Colossians 3:1-4


Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 5:25.

Meditate on this Truth. Living by the Holy Spirit means keeping in step with His Spirit, being aware of Him.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Prayer

Thank you, Father God, for sending Your Holy Spirit to live in my heart. May Your Spirit confirm and affirm Your truth to me this week. Let Your word bubble up in me at different times to remind me of Your power and glory. Let me see You and bask in Your Presence. For I am thirsty for Your life giving water and hungry for more of you. Your Word is alive and active. Let it nourish my soul this week and reveal the thoughts and attitudes of my heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from You. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before Your eyes. Thank You for Your throne of grace that I can confidently approach. It is by Your grace that I am saved.

In Jesus’ name amen


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Galatians: Week Four

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Scripture to Read

Galatians 4

 


Research & Define

  1. Heir
  2. Guardian

Reflect & Discuss

  1. What do you find yourself zealous about right now?
  2. Have you ever felt swayed by other’s enthusiasm and doubted your belief? What was the outcome?
  3. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  4. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

Romans 12:11-12

Matthew 11:28-30

 


Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 4:6-7.

Meditate on this Truth. We are God’s children, co-heirs with Christ.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise you because Your hands made me and formed me. Give me understanding to learn Your commands and obey Your Word. For I delight in You and Your Word, I meditate on it day and night. I am firmly planted for the display of Your splendor. I honor you with my time, energy and focus this week. Thank you Jesus for the cross that justified my Gentile soul by faith. So, I put my faith in You today and seek You first. For You alone are worthy to be Praised. Teach me and enlighten the eyes of my heart to receive Your truth this week.

In Jesus’ name amen


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Galatians: Week Three

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Scripture to Read

Galatians 3

The law was meant to be an external restraint while the promise was made to be an internal transformation. 


Research & Define

  1. Clothed
  2. Works

Reflect & Discuss

  1. Have you ever experienced a Spiritual high and then questioned it afterwards?
  2. In what ways have you seen God move as a result of your faith rather than checking boxes off your to do list?
  3. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  4. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

Genesis 12 and 15

Deuteronomy 28:15-68

Colossians 3:12-17

Matthew 5:17-20

 


Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 3:26-29.

Meditate on this Truth. We are all ONE in Christ.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Prayer

Most Gracious Heavenly Father, I surrender all I am to You. Take me deeper than I have ever gone before and lead me where my trust is without borders. Your Word is the bread of life and the more I taste and see, the more I see your goodness, faithfulness and unfailing love. May Christ, through faith, dwell, abide, and make His permanent home in my heart. I am rooted and established in Your love; growing in grace and understanding of just how wide, long, high and deep in Your love that surpasses knowledge. Let this week’s study fill me to the measure of all the fullness of You, my Lord and Savior.

In Jesus’ name amen


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Galatians: Week Two

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Scripture to Read

Galatians 2



Research & Define

  1. Justified
  2. Gentiles
  3. Vain

Reflect & Discuss

  1. What does living for God and dying to the Law look like in your life, in this season?
  2. How can you, personally, help those in need around you? Think of a practical, realistic way you can serve.
  3. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  4. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

1 Corinthians 13:13

1 Peter 4:1-11

Romans 8:29-30

1 Corinthians 1:9


Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 2:19-21.

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart.


Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word. It is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path and sustains me with joy. I am turning my ear to hear and applying my heart to understand. Confirm, by Your Holy Spirit, the hidden treasures of your Word. I am seeking You with all I am this week and fully committing myself to You. Teach me, show me; I am crying aloud for understanding. Grant me Your Spirit of wisdom and revelation of insight into the mysteries and secrets in the deep and intimate knowledge of You. In Jesus’ name amen


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Galatians: Week One

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Scripture to Read

Acts 9, Acts 13:13-14, Galatians 1


Paul, in Galatians 1, introduces himself as an apostle sent by Jesus Christ and God the Father. This is significant because God wanted a relationship with those in Galatia, so He sent Paul. That relationship was born from Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. It was important for the Gentile Christians to understand that Truth, the foundation of their new faith.

He continues his letter with a strong and harsh tone, unlike the other letters he wrote (Ephesians, Philippians …). In Acts 14, we see Paul in Galatia, spreading the Gospel. He travels to Lystra of Galatia where he was stoned and left for dead as a result of his preaching. He gave a lot of himself for the glory of God and couldn’t believe the people of Galatia were so easily swept away by false teachings.

Paul makes it abundantly clear that the gospel of Christ is about the grace of Christ. Believing we can earn our own salvation has more to do with pleasing people than pleasing God. Paul says, in verse 10, that we cannot serve both people and Jesus. This was, in essence, the difficulty facing the Galatians. They were confronted with the challenge of standing firm in their new faith or succumbing to peer pressure from the Judaizers, Christians who followed the law of Moses. There cannot be two ways to heaven.

There’s only one: Jesus. 

Paul goes on to explain that if anyone should know about this “other” gospel the Judaizers were spreading, it would be him. For he was well educated in the Torah and extremely zealous for the traditions of his fathers. Paul understood what was happening with the Galatians and needed to make it clear that if God called him from his mother’s womb to preach Jesus to the Gentiles, then there could be no other gospel. He was a Pharisee who persecuted followers of Jesus but with one personal encounter with the Son of God, his life, values, traditions, and beliefs were all changed.

In verse 15, Paul writes that he was called, by the grace of God, to preach the love and hope of Jesus to Gentiles. This was extremely unorthodox for a well know Pharisee who didn’t have much to do with non-Jewish people. But God.

But God called him; therefore God equipped him to go and preach to those who were not ethnically Jewish. Paul makes it a point to say he didn’t consult any human being before responding to the call of God. In Acts 9:15, Jesus said, “Go! Proclaim My name to the Gentiles…” The other apostles were preaching to the Jews. If Paul had gone to them first, without having evidence of God working through him, he may have experienced discouragement or disapproval. Instead, he was obedient and started preaching immediately.

God’s ways are always better than ours. We may not understand the rhyme or reason for God’s calling but, by His grace, He will equip us if we are obedient.


Research & Define

  1. approve/approval
  2. Servant
  3. Grace

Reflect & Discuss

  1. How have you been looking to other’s for approval instead of seeking to please God?
  2. Has God called you to do something out of your comfort zone or asked you to do something completely different than the norm? How did you respond?
  3. How does this passage renew your desire for God?
  4. What is the theme of this chapter?

Related Scripture

Romans 8:29-30

2 Corinthians 3:3-6

Jeremiah 1:5


Memorize & Meditate

Write out Galatians 1:10.

Meditate on this Truth.

Memorize this Scripture, let it renew your mind and change your heart. Ask God to increase your desire to seek His approval above man’s.


Prayer

Ephesians 1:16-23

Father God, open my eyes and heart to receive Your truth today. I invite Your Holy Spirit to rest upon me as I read and study your Word this week. Give me Your Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I may know you better. Enlighten the eyes of my heart in order that I may know the hope to which you have called me. Let this week’s study bring me closer and deeper in my walk with You.

In Jesus’ name amen


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Galatians: An Introduction

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Welcome to the beginning of our Galatians study. If you need a copy of the study click here.

Before beginning a study of any kind, it’s important to know who the author is and to whom the book it written. I like how Jen Wilkin explains it as “reading the envelope.” When you receive a card in the mail, you look at the envelope to see who it’s addressed to and who it’s from. We will start our study of Galatians by “reading the envelope.”


Scripture to Read

Read in order: Acts 22:1-21, Acts 9:1-31, Acts 15:1-21


Who wrote Galatians? … The Apostle Paul

Paul was a Jew, born in Tarus of Cicilia. (Fun Fact about Tarus: this was the first meeting place of Mark Antony and Cleopatra) Although born in Tarus, Paul was educated in Jerusalem by Gamaliel, a Pharisee and teacher of the law who was greatly respected (Acts 5:34).

Paul, first known as Saul, was a Pharisee, thoroughly trained in the law, who persecuted followers of Jesus. He was even present at the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr of Christianity (Acts 7:54-8:1). After Stephen was killed, we see Saul again when he is on his way to arrest more believers in Damascus. Along the way, he has an encounter with Jesus that changed his life and the world. He would go on to write 2/3 of the New Testament and spread the Gospel more than any other apostle or disciple before him. He planted churches and suffered greatly for Christ (Acts 9:16)

When was Galatians written? … No one really knows. 😉 

AD 48 or early AD 50’s … Most scholars agree that Galatians was written before the Jerusalem council in Acts 15 simply because Paul doesn’t mention it and it’s a pretty big deal. This theory would place the writing of Galatians AD 48/49, which would make this the first letter Paul wrote.

Another theory is that Paul wrote this letter in AD 51/52 after the Jerusalem council, but the problem explained in Acts 15 hadn’t reached Galatia yet.

I guess this is a question to slip in your back pocket to ask Jesus in heaven (my pocket is getting pretty full, how about yours?)

To Whom was Galatians written?… Gentile believers in Galatia (Acts 13:13-14)

Gentile believers were being told that they had to follow the Law of Moses && believe in Jesus to be saved. Jesus wasn’t enough. There had to be more to this whole “Jesus” thing. So, the Judeans in Galatia were telling the new converts that they had to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses in order to truly be saved. #ouch

In what style was it written? … a Letter, an Epistle 

The book of Galatians is a letter from Paul to the churches in Galatia.

Why was it written? … Paul wrote to encourage the believers in Galatia that Jesus set them free. 

Going back to whom the letter was written… because “Judean missionaries wanted to convince Paul’s converts to adopt ethnic and cultural Judaism and become fully righteous,” (Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible). They wanted followers of Jesus to still adhere to the Law of Moses and prove it with circumcision.

What is the main theme of Galatians? … We have freedom in Christ… shh this was supposed to be answered later in the study. So this is a freebie! woohoo for you! 

We are no longer subject to the Law of Moses and the heavy burden of earning forgiveness through blood sacrifices and following certain rules. Jesus came, bore our sins, died on the cross and redeemed us. It is by faith that we are saved. Not by the things we do or the rules we follow. Praise Jesus!!

 

Questions?? Ask away. I’m not a Bible scholar but will do my best to answer or find the answer. 🙂


Study Method

During this study we will be using the S.O.R.T. study method… check it out here.


 

Stay tuned for Week One recap next week!!