Thinking Through Galatians
The churches in Galatia were in trouble. False teachers were teaching the Gentile disciples - the non-Jewish saints - that it wasn t enough for them to have been obedient to the gospel. They also needed to keep the Law of Moses, or they could not be saved (cf., Act 15:1, 5). Paul calls this "another gospel," not another of the same kind but one entirely different from what he had taught them. He warns them that no one, including himself or even an angel from heaven, has a right to change the gospel message. Those who do are accursed (Gal 1:6-8).
But how would these teachers convince these recent converts to turn to another gospel? We get a clue from chapters 1 & 2, where Paul makes a defense of his apostleship. It appears that they denied that he was an apostle of Christ - that what he taught was not received by revelation but from men and that it did not have the approval of either original apostles or the church in Jerusalem.
In chapters 3 & 4, Paul explains and defends his teaching on the way of salvation. Finally, in chapters 5 & 6, he addressed the freedom that believers have and then warned against the abuse of this freedom, walking not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
The plan has always been to make this a face-to-face study, but because of Covid and some problems on my end, this plan has frustrated me until now. So, the Lord willing, beginning on Monday, Aug 30, this will become a face-to-face AND an online study. The venue will be at the Panera Bread, located at 11860 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, and the time will be 7 p.m. After a quick review, we will continue our study in chapter 4. The link to join us online will remain the same
I look forward to meeting you as we share the blessings of God s word. Stay healthy and stay in the Word. -- Kieran