LT Bread of Life Women's Bible Study

THE BOOK OF GALATIANS

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  • Weekly Study #3

    **To benefit the most begin your study with prayer.  Ask the Lord to open your understanding to His Word and how it applies to your life.

     

    1. Review Galatians 2:1-21. What lingers in your thoughts from the study of these verses about how a person is justified?

     

     

     

     

    1. What impresses you most about Paul's defense of the Gospel?

     

     

     

     

    1. The first portion of Paul's letter to the churches in Galatia dealt with Grace and the Gospel. With this lesson on Chapter Three of Galatians we will begin to study what Paul taught about Grace and the Law.  Read Galatians 3:1-29 and note the verses that have the following repeated words in them:

     

              faith - example: verses 2 & 5 &

     

     

     

              law - example: verses 2 & 5 &

     

     

     

             promise - example: verses 14 & 

     

     

     

    1. To help the foolish Galatians understand that they were saved through faith in Jesus Christ and not by the works of the law, Paul asked them several rhetorical questions. View this in Galatians 3:1-5.  Had they received salvation and the Holy Spirit through faith or through the works of the law?

     

     

     

    Optional:  Research the relationship between the believer and the Holy Spirit.  Briefly report your findings.

     

     

    1. Using Galatians 3:6-9 explain the connection between Abraham and faith. See also Genesis 15:1-6, Hebrews 11:8-10 and 17-19.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. The Judaizers taught that only the Jews were the children of Abraham. Therefore the Gentile believers needed to become Jews.  According to verse 7 who are the true children of Abraham?

     

     

     

    1. Read Galatians 3:10-14. What do you learn through these verses about the curse of the law and the promise of the Spirit?

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. The last phrase in Galatians 3:11 is a quote from Habakkuk 2:4. It is also quoted in Romans 1:17.  What is the meaning of this phrase?  Use Romans 1:16-17 for    your answer.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Paul explained that God's promise to Abraham and his Seed (Christ) was not canceled when He gave the Law 430 years later (Galatians 3:15-18). Since keeping the law did not bring salvation, Paul told them the purpose the law did serve.  Keep this in mind as you read Galatians 3:19-25.  Record what you learn about the law's purpose from verses 24-25.

     

     

     

     

     

    1. One author wrote, No one is justified by keeping the Law. Rather, all the Law does is point out to us that we are sinners in need of a Savior.  That is why it was given.  James 2:10 reads, For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.  Man cannot become righteous by keeping the Law because he cannot keep the whole Law.  What role do you think the Law does have in the believer's life?

     

     

     

    1. Record what Galatians 3:26-29 reveals about those who are in Christ Jesus.

     

     

     

     

    1. Which truth in these verses blesses you the most and why?

     

     

     

     

    1. Believers are not under the Mosaic Law but under grace. Because of that some Christians think they have freedom to live to please themselves.  What do the following verses say about this:

     

              Romans 6:14-15

     

     

              

              I Corinthians 6:12

     

     

     

              I Corinthians 6:19-20

     

     

     

              Titus 2:11-14

     

     

     

    1. Share what having freedom in Christ means to you personally.

     

     

     

    1. Write a prayer in response to what the Lord has shown you through this lesson.

     

     

     

     

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