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One Hundred Questions about the Book of GALATIANS! (Ch. 3)

Coming up in June I get to teach the book of Galatians to students at Word of Life, Jeju Island, Korea!  So we’re trying to think through this incredible book by asking a lot of questions.

I’ve got it figured out that with six chapters in Galatians, if I ask about 16-17 questions per chapter, that would total to 100 questions.  (My mother always said I was good at math.  She also said I was special).

Let’s dive into chapter 3 with our “queries” (Mom would have been proud of my using that word):

Sixteen questions on Galatians chapter three:

1. Would you ever call someone else a “fool” (v. 1)? Aren’t there verses that say we never should call someone else a fool? Then how does Paul get away with doing so here?
2. Paul has already described the Galatians as confused spiritual deserters (1:6). Now he says they have been foolishly “bewitched” (v. 1)! What’s the place of strong language in correcting others?
3. Some Christians say that the receiving of the Spirit is subsequent to conversion. How would you prove otherwise from verse 2?
4. What does it mean to begin “by means of the Spirit” (v. 3)?
5. Note that “the works of the law” and “believing” are contrasted here in verse 5. What point is Paul making?
6. In what way did Abraham believe God? Where is his story and how is he an example of belief (v. 6)?
7. What is meant by “faith” in verses 7-9, do you think?
8. This idea of a curse — what is the curse of the law (v. 13)?
9. How does His redeeming work redeem us from the curse of the law (vv. 13-14)?
10. Paul gives the example of a human covenant and emphasizes God’s “promise.” Put into your own words Paul’s argument in verses 15-18.
11. Why was the law given (v. 19)?
12. How has the law been misunderstood? Is it opposed to the promises of God (v. 21)?
13. What is meant by the expression “Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin” (v. 22)? (He repeats the verb “locked up” in verse 23).
14. It sounds like Paul shifts from the metaphor of the law as a jailer to that of a guardian in verses 23-25. What is his point?
15. How many times is “faith” used in this chapter?
16. What in the world is Paul’s meaning of his well-known statement that in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female” (vv. 26-27)?

 

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2018 in Galatians

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon: Setting Up the Preaching Schedule!

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2018 in preaching

 

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One Hundred Questions about the Book of GALATIANS! (Ch. 2)

I get to teach the book of Galatians to students at Word of Life, Jeju Island, Korea, in June!  So we’re working our way through this incredible epistle on this blog over the next few weeks.

Coming up with as many questions as one can is sometimes a great way to begin such a study.  So here are seventeen questions on Galatians chapter two!  There is no need to try to answer these questions at this point.

Seventeen questions on Galatians chapter two:
1. Where was Paul and what was he doing during those 14 years (v. 1)?
2. Study all you can about Barnabas and Titus (v. 1).
3. Why Paul’s emphasis on receiving a “revelation”? What does he mean (v. 2)?
4. Paul shows respect for “those esteemed as leaders” concerning the gospel he was preaching. Who were those leaders? (v. 2).
5. Why was Titus not compelled to be circumcised? Didn’t Paul circumcise Timothy during one missionary journey (v. 3)?
6. List every use of the word “freedom” or “free” in this epistle of Galatians (v. 4).
7. How do we “preserve” the “truth of the gospel” today (v. 5)?
8. Paul speaks of those “who were held in high esteem.” How did they respond to Paul and his gospel message (vv. 6-7)?
9. Does Paul identify those esteemed leaders in verse 9?
10. How much does God care about the poor, according to verse 10?
11. Any idea why Paul refers to Peter as “Cephas” (vv. 9, 11, 14)?
12. What was Cephas’ sin and how had he compromised the gospel (vv. 11-21)?
13. The Bible speaks of a godly fear, but it also talks about the fear of man. What was Cephas’ fear (v. 12)?
14. “Even Barnabas was led astray” — How had Cephas led Barnabas astray (v. 13)?
15. Summarize the issue of justification in these verses (vv. 11-21).
16. What does Paul mean by asking if Christ promotes sin in verse 17?
17. How do we “die” to the law (v. 19)?

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2018 in Galatians

 

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The Grim Reaper — and Appliances?!?!? (a great commercial)

I think the following commercial is well-done (although there seems to be a lot of online complaints about this company). I cracked up at the line “but I do spin class” (which my wife Linda does)! Your comments?

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2018 in death

 

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One Hundred Questions about the Book of GALATIANS! (Ch. 1)

Friends:  I will be teaching the book of Galatians to students at Word of Life, Jeju Island, Korea, in June!  I’m so thankful for this opportunity to serve the Lord.  You know that I use this blog as a kind of working area to think through sermon series, possible book projects, etc.  Thank you for staying with me if you are a regular reader.

There is so much in the NT epistle of Galatians — and I want to get to it!  So, I’m trying to think about assignments for these Korean young people that would help them (and me) grasp the key points of this six-chapter letter.

Coming up with as many questions as one can is sometimes a great way to begin such a study.  So here are sixteen questions on Galatians chapter one!  There is no need to try to answer these questions at this point.

Sixteen questions on Galatians chapter one:
1. Why is it so important to Paul that he emphasizes that he is an apostle not sent from man or by a man (v. 1)? Where else in the epistle does Paul deny human motivation or authority?
2. Any reason you can think of why the Holy Spirit is not included with the Father and the Son in verse 1?
3. How would one prove the doctrine of substitutionary atonement in verse 3?
4. In what way or ways are we rescued from the present evil age (v. 4)?
5. Confused deserters — that’s what Paul accuses these Galatians of being in verses 6-7. Why such harsh language?
6. What exactly is Paul saying in verse 8? Why does he repeat this curse in verse 9?
7. What point is he making by talking about being a “people-pleaser” in verse 10?
8. What is meant by the expression “of human origin” in verse 11?
9. Could he be referring back to his conversion in Acts 9 here in verse 11?
10. What overall point is Paul making in referring to his BC (before Christ) life in verses 13-16?
11. How intense was the Apostle Paul in persecuting Christians according to verses 13-14?
12. How is the idea of sanctification shown in verse 15?
13. Does sanctification precede justification in verse 15? Why or why not? Any other verses in Scripture that might indicate such?
14. Again, why is it so important to Paul that he did not consult human beings in his preaching to the Gentiles (v. 16).
15. What is meant by the noun “the faith” in verse 23?
16. What one question would you ask of chapter one?

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2018 in Galatians

 

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Fighting Heresy — A Favorite Cartoon!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2018 in heresy

 

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Ritual into Manhood — A Cherokee Story . . .

The Cherokee Night Ritual Into Manhood

For a Cherokee Indian youth to be considered a man, he must endure the ‘Rite of Passage.’

His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone.  He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the morning sun shines through it.  He cannot cry out for help to anyone.  Once he survives the night, he is a MAN.  He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own.

The boy is naturally terrified.  He can hear all kinds of noises.  Wild beasts must surely be all around him.  Maybe even some human who might do him harm.  The wind blows the grass and earth, and shakes his stump but he must sit stoically, never uncovering his eyes.  Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appeared and he removes his blindfold.

It is then he discovers he is not alone.  His father is sitting on the stump next to him, having been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.

We too, are never alone, not matter how frightening our circumstances.  Even when we aren’t aware, God is watching over us, always protecting us.  When we are afraid and feel alone all we have to do is reach out to Him.  He may not always give us the answer we want, but He is present!

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2018 in manhood

 

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