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Week of November 21, 2010
Galatians 6:11-18 Preparations
Read Galatians, Chapter 6:11-18 Read all of Galatians, to re-familiarize with the whole letter from Paul. Read the study guide and familiarize yourself with the lesson. Make sure you read the “Take Aways” section so you know what the aim of this study is. However, be open to other truths as they may present themselves! Print this guide out so you can have it handy if needed. Pray for your ability to guide and for those in your group!
Catch up/Small talk
Recap and Share
Ask how they would summarize Chapter 6:1-10 from last week.
Read and Ask
Read Galatians 6:11-18. (Have someone read each section, separated by paragraphs. Go around the group until everyone reads and continue until the end of the chapter.) Ask for some General Observations: If no one gets to these on their own, here are some great questions to get things rolling… - How does this connect with the second part of Chapter 6 and the whole book? - What does Paul seem to be doing in this Chapter?
Chapter 6:11-18 – Inward is More Important Than Outward and Conclusion At the very beginning here, how sincere and urgent is Paul with what he is saying? How do we know this? (V. 11) V. 12: What does it mean to want to “make a good impression outwardly”? Why would some want that?
The Pharisee teachers wanted to show that they were converting others in large numbers. So they relied heavily on the outward rules and changes so they could be affirmed of their converts.
Is it important to be able to show outwardly how many people are being changed? Do you think our churches have a hard time with this? Should we even have people fill out cards at church to let us know they made a decision? Still in V. 12, why would those who teach the rules and works want to avoid persecution for the Cross of Christ?
The Jews wanted many converts in Galatia. This would be based on their works and the statistics of it all. It would not be based on the Cross, which only requires faith and trust, and not works, which directly opposed the Jewish Pharisees. Does this sound familiar in our own society at all? Do we struggle
with wanting to earn our salvation.
In V. 13, we see that those who were obeying outwardly were only doing certain things. Say someone goes to church on Sunday so everyone sees them but the rest of the week does whatever they want and parties on the weekend. What
would we call such a person? What does Paul say he boasts in? Why does he say this?
He recognizes that his salvation is NOT by works, but by faith in what Christ did on the Cross. You must understand that the cross was not the sexy symbol it is today. It was a horrible thought. It was almost unmentionable in those times, because it was so horrifying. The best thing today would be lethal injection or something of that nature. It was not popular to talk about Christ dying on the cross. But, this believing in what happened on it to Christ saves us!
V. 15: Does it matter what you do? Or does it matter who you become? Does who you become change what you do? Paul concludes by saying that he desires peace and mercy to all who believe this. And he ends by saying that the GRACE of the Lord be with them! Is Grace with you?
In Closing, read the whole book of Galatians.
Salvation is not earned; it is given freely to those who believe. The cross was not a nice Christian symbol in Paul’s day. The cross represents a horrible death but also represents what Christ did on it for us!
Questions for Reflection
Did any overall truths of the book present themselves to you after you read it again? What is the biggest thing this letter to the Galatians taught you?
Thank them for coming. Pray or take prayer requests.
Way to go! You finished the book of Galatians! I hope you were transformed by the truths that Paul shared with these people so long ago.