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One Hundred Questions about the Book of GALATIANS! (Ch. 4)

I’ve never been to Korea!  My sister-in-law said when she first went to Disneyland, “This is the first time I’ve never been here!”  I’m looking forward to that week in June when I get to teach the book of Galatians!  Word of Life Korea is the venue.

We’re asking a bunch of questions about this amazing epistle.  Let’s pose some interrogatories (my Mom would have been proud of my use of that word) about chapter 4:

Sixteen Questions about Galatians chapter four:
1. How is an heir like a slave (vv. 1-2)?
2. What is meant, do you think, by “the elemental spiritual forces of the world” (v. 3)?
3. Verses 4-5 are incredible! This “set time” — what made the time Jesus entered His own world the right time?
4. Galatians has a great deal to say about “the law,” doesn’t it? What’s meant by “born under the law” in verse 4?
5. What are two benefits of the Son’s coming into the world for the believer (v. 5)?
6. This epistle has a LOT to say about God the Holy Spirit. What do we learn about the Spirit here in verse 6?
7. There are two stages to a person’s life — what are they (vv. 8-9)?
8. Why is being “known by God” more important to Paul than knowing God (v. 9)?
9. What’s wrong with the observance of special days and months (v. 10)?
10. What do we learn about Paul’s “illness” in this chapter? Could this be related to his “thorn in the flesh” in 2 Corinthians 12?
11. If childbirth were up to men, the world’s population would be so much smaller! How does Paul use the labor/childbirth metaphor here (v. 19)?
12. We have the idea of “promise” brought up again in verses 23ff. Where has Paul talked about God’s promises in this epistle?
13. Put into your own words what Paul’s primary point seems to be with his Hagar and Sarah analogy (vv. 21ff).
14. What does Paul mean by “the Jerusalem the is above” (v. 26)?
15. I spent a week in Palestine recently, among the descendants of the “slave woman” (the Arabic people). There is so much conflict in the land between the Jews and the Arabs! How does this text help us in a spiritual sense (vv. 28-31).
16. Construct a chart contrasting the two women here in verses 21-31.

 

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2018 in Galatians

 

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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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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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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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