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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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Time for a Great Quote: A.W. Tozer on Bible Reading and Study

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2017 in Bible reading, Bible study

 

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STUCK! Ten Areas That Will Bury You as a Believer and How to Dig Your Way Out! (Area #8- SERMONS!) (con’t)

Is preaching passé?  Some would say that SERMONS are no longer needed by the saints.

Bible studies, discussion groups, casual conversations are all well and good — but we need the authoritative proclamation of God’s Word!  The saints should be committed to good SERMONS, but sometimes we get STUCK!

We get STUCK with poor preaching, with inadequate study, with irrelevant sermonizing.  [I’ve put together some suggestions for improving one’s preaching in my small booklet “Ten Specific Steps You Can Take To Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better!”  Just send me your email address and I will send you that pdf.]

Let’s think a bit more about our text from Acts 17:

10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.

Paul and Silas preached in the synagogue!  They preached Jesus and gave evidence that He, indeed, was the promised Messiah.  We often confine our preaching to our churches, to our turf.  How about proclaiming the good news about Jesus in other forums?

There is one other point that this text is making that we dare not miss.  We don’t get even a hint that Paul objects to the Bereans’ examining the Scriptures to see if what he said was true!  He was not afraid of his message being biblically evaluated.  And we should not fear that either.  It is a noble act for others to compare what we say (even in the context of a sermon delivered from a podium at the front of the church) with the rest of the Word of God.  And that will keep us preachers from getting STUCK in our own opinions!

 

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2017 in christian growth

 

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STUCK! Ten Areas That Will Bury You as a Believer and How to Dig Your Way Out! (Area #8- SERMONS!)

The American humorist Will Rogers (I think) once said, “I refuse to accept my religion from anyone who earns his living only by the sweat of his jaw!”

Jesus-followers sometimes get STUCK in the area of SERMONS!  How?  Well, we believe that one of the primary ways that God communicates His truth to His people is through preaching.  And sometimes that preaching is poor, or unorganized, or just ho-hum.

What is the believer’s responsibility when it comes to this area of SERMONS?  How can we get UN-STUCK in this major aspect of life among other Christians?

We want to think about a text from Acts 17 for our next two posts:

10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.

There are a number of steps that a preacher can take to improve his preaching (drop me an email and ask for my short booklet “Ten Specific Steps You Can Take To Make Your Sermons and Preaching Better!”).  But we want to focus on the listener.  How can those of us who listen to sermons improve?  Here are some specific suggestions that might help:

1. Come to church prepared to hear from God!  The preacher may not be your favorite, but pray that the Lord will speak through him.
2.  Take notes on what you hear!  Don’t be afraid to ask him about his message.  The very fact that you are jotting things down will encourage him to work harder in preparing his messages!
3.  Prepare your heart to “receive the message with great eagerness”!  God’s Word is true — and we can be changed and encouraged IF our hearts are right and ready.
4.  Examine the Scriptures daily to see if what you are hearing is true to the rest of the Word of God!  I’ve sometimes fantasized about pastoring a small church and saying to the congregation:  “You all need to become Berean believers who examine what I teach with the rest of the Bible.  So once every month I’m going to preach a sermon that has some heresy in it.  I won’t tell you which one.  You’ll have to figure that out for yourselves!”  I could never do that, but you get the point.  (to be continued)

 

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in christian growth

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 119): Part 17

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129 Your statutes are wonderful;screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-7-03-57-am
    therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
    longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
    let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
    that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant
    and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
    for your law is not obeyed.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in pastoring

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon: Spiritual Leftovers?

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-8-08-44-pmDo you and I live on spiritual leftovers?  What I mean is, do you and I expose ourselves to God’s Word directly?  Personally?  Individually?

Granted, it will be “expensive” to order off the menu.  It will cost us our lives, our wills, our priorities, our dreams.  Letting God’s Word get into our hearts will change us from the inside out!

Stop living on the leftovers of others’ study!  Get into the Word for yourself — and let God nourish you!

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in Bible study

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon! (achieving a lower consciousness)

Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 7.57.43 AMHow might you and I achieve a HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS in this New Year?  May I suggest that we must, absolutely must be into God’s Word every day.

What Bible study practices help you to stay in God’s Word every day?  What practical benefits are you deriving from such a discipline?

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in higher consciousness

 

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