Archive for January, 2010


January 29, 2010 Leave a comment

We read, in verses 26-29, that anyone can become a follower of Christ.

There are no prerequisites of race or status or gender.

Categories: bible, Christ, Christian, Galatians

Why Law?

January 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Verses 19-25 summarize the purpose of the Old Testament law.

The law highlighted our imperfections and our need for Jesus’ sacrifice.

Promise’s Primacy

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

In verses 17-18, Paul explains that the Law of Moses was introduced long after God first made his unconditional promise with Abraham.

I wonder why older things hold special places of honor in the Bible.

The commentary on Galatians 3 helped me understand these verses better.

To Your Descendants

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment

We read, in verses 15-16, that Abraham’s covenant with God applies to us.

This agreement is still in effect, just like a contract still holds many years later once it is established.

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Verses 10-14

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Rely on following the law?
  2. Under a curse
  3. Because nobody follows the law perfectly and continually
  4. Not justified by following the law
  5. The righteous live by faith
  6. Law and faith are different
  7. Jesus died on a cross
  8. Also known as “hung on a tree”
  9. Anyone hung on a tree is cursed
  10. Therefore Jesus was cursed when he was crucified
  11. Abraham’s blessing to Hebrews also made available to Gentiles via Jesus’ sacrifice
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Foolish Galatians

January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

In verses 1-9, Paul reminds the Galatian church that Abraham’s belief was credited to him as righteousness.

He emphasizes the fact that it is faith, not hard work, that prompts God’s blessings.

Outline of Galatians 3

January 23, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Fools!
    1. Faith
    2. Not Law
  2. History
    1. The Law
    2. God’s Promise
  3. Jesus, Equalizer
Categories: Galatians, outline, paul

Paul Calls Out Peter

January 22, 2010 Leave a comment


Jesus specifically called Peter to continued ministry after the Resurrection.

But Peter still felt pressure from the Jewish leaders and chose to change his lifestyle when they came around.

This made Paul, missionary to the Gentiles, very angry.  He called Peter out publicly, in verses 11-21, and demanded that Peter do the right thing.

Do I have the boldness to point out sin clearly to fellow believers?

Help the Poor? No Problem!

January 21, 2010 Leave a comment

In verse 10, Paul explains that the church leaders in Jerusalem simply asked that he help the poor while bringing the gospel to the Gentiles.

You know you’re in the right place, working with the right people, when your goals and their goals are so closely linked.

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January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

In verses 7-9, we learn that Paul and Peter strategized and focused their missions on different target populations.

It’s not our job to reach everyone.  It’s our job to serve someone effectively.

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