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Want to learn more about Galatians? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 5-part series.

Lesson 1: Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles (Acts 6,7,9,11,15 & 22)
We begin a new study of one of the most important books of the New Testament! While the books of the Bible are all important, Galatians is critical to a correct understanding of our salvation. However, before we dig into the actual text of the book of Galatians, let's first look at the background of the man who wrote it. Understanding this context, helps us to better understand Galatians!

Lesson 2: Paul's Authority and Gospel (Galatians 1)
When you want to persuade someone to your point of view, how do you go about it? Do you tell them that you are from the government? Do you tell them that you have a lot of education? Do you tell them that you are smart? Do you tell them that you have special insight into the problem? Do you tell them about your experience? Paul faces this very issue. The Christians in the Galatian church are getting off track in their understanding of the gospel. Paul needs to persuade them to get back on track. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and see how Paul does it! While we are at it, let's pay close attention to what Paul has to say about salvation.

Lesson 3: The Unity of the Gospel (Galatians 2)
What kind of unity does Paul represent? So far, he seems most interested in saying that his gospel comes straight from God, and not from church leaders. That seems an odd approach to unity! Perhaps we are not as sly as Paul. Perhaps Paul knew that he should continue on his own path teaching the Gentiles as God instructed him. Only when he had established his work would he come to church leadership for its approval. Let's read what Paul writes and see if that is his approach!

Lesson 4: Justification by Faith Alone (Galatians 2:15-21, Romans 7)
This week we begin our discussion of the heart of the gospel - how a Christian is saved from his or her sins. It is very important to get this right. Do you recall that in Galatians 1:8 Paul says that those who teach a false gospel should be "eternally condemned." I'll try to get this right! More important than what I write, consider carefully what Paul writes so that you will correctly understand God's will. Let's plunge into this critically important study!

Lesson 5: Old Testament Faith (Galatians 3:1-14)
When I was young, there was a program on television called "Bewitched." In our study this week, Paul tells the Galatians that they have been "bewitched." We know the Galatians could not have been watching too much television! Is Paul talking about demon possession? I looked up Strong's definition for the underlying Greek word and it means "to fascinate (by false representations)." We don't want to be mislead about the gospel, so let's plunge into our study of the letter to the Galatians to find the truth!

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