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?