It’s the last week of your second month of study!!
It seems like it has gone fast!! It’s our last week in the book of Galatians. .
I had a few study notes that I found interesting this past month from my Chronological Study bible. . I will share a few of those with you today. .
Gal 2:15-16. .15 “You and I are Jews by birth, not ‘sinners’ like the Gentiles. 16 Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”
If the Jewish laws cannot justify us, why should we still obey the 10 Commandments and other Old Testament laws? We know that Paul was not saying the law is bad, because in another letter he wrote “the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good.” (Rom 7:12). Instead, he is saying that the law can never make us acceptable to God. The law still has an important role to play in the life of a Christian. The law 1.) guards us from sin by showing us God’s values in the world; 2.) convicts us of sin, leaving us the opportunity to ask for God’s forgiveness, and 3.) drives us to trust in the sufficiency to Christ, because we can never keep the 10 Commandments perfectly. The law cannot possibly save us. But after we become Christians, it can be an aid in guiding us to live as God desires. .
Galatians 3:28. . There is no longer Jew or Gentile,[o] slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Some Jewish males greeted each new day by praying, “Lord, I thank you that I am not a Gentile, a slave, or a woman.” The role of women was enhanced by Christianity. Faith in Christ transcends these differences and makes all believers one in Christ. Make sure you do not impose distinctions that Christ has removed. Because all believers are his heirs, no one is more privileged than or superior to anyone else. .
Galatians 5:1So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
Christ died to set us free from sin and from a long list of laws and regulations. Christ came to set us free—not free to do whatever we want because that would lead us back into slavery to our selfish desires. Rather, thanks to Christ, we are now free and able to do what was impossible before—to live unselfishly. Those who appeal to their freedom so that they can have their own way or indulge their own desires are falling back into sin. But it is also wrong to put a burden of law-keeping on Christians. We must stand against those who would enslave us with rules, methods, or special conditions for being saved or growing in Christ.
So. .the assignment this week is this. .
Read Galatians a few more times this week. .
Pray each time you read. .
that God will show you WHAT He wants you to do with His words. .
How does He want you to apply those words to your own life. .
Do you need to repent of something. .
do you need to change a habit or priority. .
Maybe you need to fix a specific mindset. .
How are you going to put God’s word into action in your life. .
Also take some time to answer one of the questions below and submit it to our discussion next weekend. .
There is some extracurricular reading involved in a few of the questions. .
I encourage you, if you want to deepen your study. .
take a few minutes to read those verses and consider the answer to the questions asked regarding them. .
I love LOVE Matthew 23. .
I believe it will really give each of you some further insight as to the nature of the Pharisees (which corresponds to the nature of the Judaizers we find in Galatians).
Matthew 23 shows us, though, what JESUS has to say to them!
1.) When have you felt spiritually overwhelmed or discouraged because of your inability to live up to God’s standard? How did you resolved this?
2.) What laws, regulations, or ordinances do many people (even many Christians) routinely break? Why?
3.) Read Ephesians 4:17-19. .Is it possible to know God apart from believing in Christ? Why or why not. .
4.) How has your understanding of living by grace grown during this study of Galatians?
5.) Read Matthew 23:1-28. .How are the scribes and Pharisees similar to the Judaizers as described by Paul in Galatians?
6.) Over and over the New Testament calls believers to serve one another. .How would you grade yourself in the area of service? Why?
7.) Read Romans 6:6. What does it mean that our flesh has been crucified?
8.) Read 1 John 2:15-16 and Romans 2:20. .Describe what a true believer’s relationship with the world will look like. .
9.) When was the last time you pondered the mystery and majesty of all that the cross of Christ represents? Express here your gratitude to God for His amazing blessings that were poured out to you because of the cross.
Again this month. .the questions listed were not from me. .
my friend Connie brought me a study guide by John MacArthur on the book of Galatians when she heard I was studying that. .
These represent a smattering of the questions throughout the book. .
This little snippet from Max Lucado got the attention of a lady in our email study group last month. She emailed it to me. .
And I thought it was a good fit for our study!
God Gets Into Our Lives-Max Lucado
"You have leaves to rake. A steering wheel to grip. A neighbor's hand to shake. Simply put, you have things to do.
So does God.
Babies need hugs. Children need good-night tucks. AIDS orphans need homes. Stressed-out executives need hope. God has work to do. And he uses our hands to do it.
What the hand is to the glove, the Spirit is to the Christian...God gets into us. At times, imperceptibly. Other times, disruptively. God gets his fingers into our lives, inch by inch reclaiming the territory that is rightfully his.
Your tongue. He claims it for his message.
Your feet. He requisitions them for his purpose.
Your mind? He made it and intends to use it for his glory.
You eyes, face and hands? Through them he will weep, smile, and touch."
from Come Thirsty
Enjoy your week!!