The book of Galatians is an amazing little book that packs a punch. It’s a book that brings us face to face with the gospel message. While many assume “the gospel” is something mainly for non-believers, Paul shows us otherwise.
As Tim Keller says in his book Galatians For You:
“In this short letter, Paul outlines the bombshell truth that the gospel is the A to Z of the Christian life. It is not only the way to enter the kingdom; it is the way to live as part of the kingdom. It is the way Christ transforms people, churches and communities.”
We are going to experience Paul’s exhortation to the young Christians in Galatia (also meant for us) telling them that all that is necessary – all they need – is the gospel… the good news. Tim Keller says, “The gospel – the message that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope- creates a radical new dynamic for personal growth, for obedience, for love.”
And that makes our hearts sing!!! Galatians summarizes the gospel and what it means to our hearts. This, friends, is life changing.
As we begin, take a moment to meditate on this verse from the beloved book of Galatians:
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (2:20).
Here are a few things you need to know about the book of Galatians:
Paul the apostle. Paul, you may remember, was a former Pharisee that persecuted Christians before Christ got ahold of his heart.
Paul likely wrote this letter around A.D. 48.
Who it is written to and why:
The Galatians. False teachers were infiltrating the church of Galatia, convincing many of the Galatians of the need for things like circumcision, thus dividing the church. Paul’s response to the church is exhorting them to return to the gospel alone.
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Can’t wait….our study starts TOMORROW!!!