Studies

Galatians

Wayne StewartThe Galatians Study, started on April 21, 2013, is a follow up to the ABC's of Right Division taught by Wayne Stewart and takes a verse by verse look at the book of Galatians.  Using the foundations taught from his previous study, Wayne looks at teaching Galatians rightly divided.  This book was written by the Apostle Paul in his first ministry and is defending his Apostleship and the message of salvation by grace during the book of Acts with the churches in Galatia.  This study will teach us Galatians from the context of Paul's teaching through the book of Acts. 

Lessons

The lesson on June 30, 2013 was part 11 of the "Galatians" study and continued in chapter 3 looking at the issue of frustrating the grace of God with the law.  Paul is explaining how the faith of Jesus Christ having been revealed in that time is the basis for the salvation of the Jew or Gentile.  Salvation did not come from the Law, because it was flawed since it relied on the Jew to follow it without fail.  Of all the laws the have been given, the Law of Moses given to Israel was the best possible one to have a saving result.  However, since mankind is sinful in nature, there was no way the law could be followed completely.   God kept Israel under the law, being protected until the faith of Jesus Christ was revealed.  The lesson also reviewed what mathematics is found in Galatians. The scripture reading was from Galatians 3:20-23 KJV

Galatians - Part 11
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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 adoption meant at that time when a son was flesh related.  You had to be adopted to receive the blessings of inheritance.  We learn how a school master was used to train a child, and when the child was adopted, he would then move on to more mature responsibilities.  The scripture reading was from Galatians 4:1-7 KJV

Galatians - Part 12
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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 Christ from Ephesians.  The explanation of how Gods eternal purpose is to use the church, which is the body of Christ, as a showcase to demonstrate his wisdom for the principalities and powers in the heavenly places...  Wow!  The scripture reading was from Ephesians 3:9-12 KJV

Galatians - Part 13
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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 Galatians 4:8-12 KJV "8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. 12 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all."

Galatians - Part 14
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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 affects.  Paul was pointing out the Jews were using their zeal to excluded the Galatians from the house of faith which would be a bad affect. The scripture reading was from Galatians 4:12-20 KJV

Galatians - Part 15
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