The trek through the book of Joshua came to a conclusion last week. Now the excursion commences in a spirited letter written by Paul called Galatians. The circumstances during the writing involves the Jewish Christians who were trying to impose the Jewish ritual and moral law upon the Gentile Christians who had been converted to Christianity during Paul’s first missionary journey.
Just as the early church faced challenges, we will face challenges ahead but with faith, we can be like Paul and have confidence in what we believe. We can look at each challenge with confidence; looking at each one squarely in the eye and telling them that God is bigger.
Like Paul who was placed in a difficult circumstance, God has placed each of us in our present circumstances for a reason. What we learn during a lifetime gives us each the experiences we need to share with others and glorify God.
Faith in Christ as the Son of God is how we are justified and not by observing the Old Testament law. Errors of a lifetime can be corrected TODAY! Christ in you leads to peace, resolve, confidence, and victory.
You have an unseen power available to you which cannot be measured or weighed but a power that is greater than any other power known so set your sights beyond what you can see. Display oneness with other believers in Christ today by using your individual skills and talents to collectively glorify God.
Success in any undertaking starts by having a plan. The reading plan below will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
How does Paul introduce himself? What is the relationship of grace and peace to the things Christ has done for them and you? To what extent does Paul have confidence in the gospel he preaches? How can you have a similar certainty in what you believe?
How has Paul received the gospel (See Acts 9:1-9)? For what purpose has God saved Paul? What is God’s purpose in saving you and placing you in your present circumstances? How can other people glorify God because of you?
Why was Paul’s authority challenged by church leaders? Does the gospel you give to others lead them into freedom or bondage? How can you be concerned with the poor around you?
What different ways of thinking about salvation do Cephas (Better known as Peter) and Paul represent? In each way, on whose action does justification depend? Why can’t Peter’s way ever again be possible as explained by Paul in view of verse 20?
On what basis does a person receive the Spirit? What specific promise or commandment is God asking you to believe (act on) today?
Can you erase past guilt by trying harder to obey the law in the present? Who has brought you out of the curse (punishment) of the law? How? Why?
Is any condition laid on Abraham to receive the promise (See Gen. 15:1-21)? How does Paul refute the objection that the Law of Moses annuls the promise to Abraham and show the priority of faith? How do you receive the inheritance of salvation?
What does faith do that that the law cannot do? How can you display oneness with other believers in Christ today?
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