Jake and Deb Monroe
Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Paul wrote a letter to Galatia because they were being deceived by others to turn back to the old law rather than the new law of Salvation in Christ. He gives them his background as a testimony to glorify Christ. Paul also explains his meeting with the disciples in Jerusalem and their acceptance of his teachings. Paul gives examples that the new covenant needs to be held by faith but the old law is works of man. Later in the book Paul explains that the law will lead them back to slavery but as heirs of Christ we are free. Paul pours his heart out in this letter that the Galatian church would not fall into this temptation to satisfy the flesh but serve Christ and love one another in faith.
What is one key verse?
Galatians 5:17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
Looking at how people back then were torn to serve the flesh and how we do this today still. This gives us a greater appreciation of the love, patience and grace of God.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
To be more patient and loving with others and ourselves as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling as it is so easy to slip back into our old ways.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
To challenge our actions for if they are in the right place and if we are trying to satiate our love to God through our flesh or with the right heart.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
In Paul’s heart to love the church he labored so hard over and to not write them off but to keep offering the love of Christ and glorifying Christ in his body.