Lessons by Wayne Stewart

By Wayne Stewart
September 8th, 2013

The lesson on September 8, 2013 was part 21 of the "Galatians" study.  The lesson continued in chapter 5 looking at verses 10 through 26.  This covered the "Troubler" and the "Restorer".  We all should do our part in the role as a restorer.  The law of love "fulfilled" which looked at 17 works of the flesh listed along with the 9 works of the Spirit.  We learn why Paul was showing confidence in the law because he made it clear it had nothing to do with justification.  This did not mean that the law was bad.  Paul says in Romans 7:12 that the law was holy, just and good but not for...

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By Wayne Stewart
September 1st, 2013

The lesson on September 1, 2013 continued in the study of "Galatians" with part 20 and looked more into chapter 5.  As usual, Wayne gave a review of the previous lessons and then he looked at why Paul was talking to the Galatians regarding the power of circumcision in regards to salvation.  Circumcision had no power in the spirit but had huge significance in the flesh.  He was emphasizing that they were saved by grace through faith and he was opposing circumcision and receiving persecution because of it. Paul would not accept going back to the law because he wanted to move forward. ...

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August 25th, 2013

The lesson on August 25, 2013 continued in chapter 5 with part 19 of the "Galatians" study.  As usual, Wayne provided a review of the previous lesson covering the end of chapter 4 in verse 26 where Paul was referring to New Jerusalem celebrated as the mother of us all.  He emphasize that the "us" was specific to those in Galatians at that time in Acts.  If we try to apply that to us today, we have denied what happened at the end of Acts.  Specific hopes were identified relating to the bride, the wife, and the body and which hope pertains to whom.  We learned that the New Jerusalem was the...

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By Wayne Stewart
August 18th, 2013

The lesson on August 18, 2013 continued the study on "Galatians" with part 18 and finished chapter four.  Upon opening, Wayne had drawn a bust of President Abraham Lincoln and mentioned this would close the lesson today with the subject of liberty.  He then provided a review starting with Galatians 4:27 where Paul said "It is written..." and then talked about New Jerusalem and how it was the "mother of us all".  The "us" relates to those of Galatians in the book of Acts.  The lesson looked at the alegory where Sarah was representing New Jerusalem and the New Covenant while Hagar was...

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By Wayne Stewart
August 11th, 2013

The lesson on August 11, 2013 continued in the study of "Galatians" with part 17.  This covered the end of chapter 4 through verse 1 of chapter 5.  The review started with verse 21 where Paul asked the Galatians if they heard the law having the desire to be under it.  We were reminded of the two houses that Paul explained, one was the house of faith prior to Acts 28, and the other which is the house of God, after Acts 28.  Paul often used proof by contradiction.    False teachers will want to have an affect on you so that you will affect them.  They feed off seeing you being used.  When...

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By Wayne Stewart
August 4th, 2013

The lesson on August 4, 2013 was part 16 of the study in "Galatians".  A quick review was given of the previous lesson where Paul was explaining how their zealous behavior was good if it was used with knowledge.  After establishing the pushback that Paul was receiving wasn't from his previous visit, the negative response was due to his admonishing of the Galatians falling back into the elements of the law.  He then challenged them to consider what they were doing going back under the law.  Paul even gave an allegory using Abraham and his two sons, one born after the flesh and one born...

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July 28th, 2013

The lesson on July 28, 2013 was part 15 of the "Galatians" study and continued in chapter 4 having explained the point Paul was making about leaving the elements of their Pagan worship to the elements of the law that he had left when acknowledging faith had come and been revealed.  The Galatians no longer should consider going back to the law for instructions on how to become saved.  Their faith in Christ and the faith of Christ had now been established as the foundation for salvation in the house of faith.  This passage covers the "zeal" that was present.  Zeal can have good or bad...

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July 21st, 2013

The lesson on July 21, 2013 was part 14 of the "Galatians" study and continued in chapter 4 looking at some challenging verses, particularly verse 12.  We learn that the difficulty comes when you don't interpret these verses in the context of Paul and the Galatians who were both saved under grace having left the elements of the previous administration.  Paul was equating his movement away from the elements of the law to their movement away from the elements of Paganism. The structure of the verses help with understanding what Paul was communicating.  The scripture reading was from...

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By Wayne Stewart
July 14th, 2013

The lesson on July 14, 2013 was part 13 of the "Galatians" study and started strong in chapter 4.  This chapter is where we learn of Jesus Christ special relationship to mankind in the role of the kinsman redeemer.  This comes with understanding how the Gentiles in Galatians were adopted sons to Abraham's hope and blessing by being adopted through the message of Paul's gospel and ties in with the discussion of baptism.  The lesson further explored this by reviewing the story of Ruth.  We also learn of our special adoption in the post Acts period and the unique hope and calling we have in...

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July 7th, 2013

The lesson on July 7, 2013 was part 12 of the "Galatians" study and began looking at chapter four while completing the third chapter.  It opened with a celebration of July 4th holiday in America, celebrating the fact that 13 colonies rebelled from Britton and became a wonderful nation.  Second, the term hyper-dispensationalism was discussed in how it is used to describe the Acts 28 believers.  Wayne explains why the hyper-dispensationalism term is used in error.  Finally, the study of Galatians continued with an introduction to chapter 4.  An emphasis was given to understanding what...

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