Last week we began our study of Galatia with a look at Chapter 1. Now we go to Chapter 2 where the Apostle Paul is a “freedom fighter!” In this chapter Paul speaks “truth to power” in his mission to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ only and always! Please read carefully and prayerfully what the Apostle Paul wrote nearly 2,000 years ago in Galatians 2 that is so important to the Church in 2011. Enjoy this until I see you on Wednesday night!
1. In Galatians Chapter 1 Paul writes that he went back to Jerusalem after fourteen years. Do you think Paul was saying he went to Jerusalem 14 years after his conversion on the Damscus Road or 14 years since his last visit to Jerusalem? What makes you think so?
2. Who was Barnabas in Verse 1? What was his other name? Why was he so valuable to Paul and the spread of the Gospel?
3. Paul also said in Verse 1 that he took Titus with him to Jerusalem. Who was Titus? Why do you think it was important for Paul to bring Titus with him?
4. In Verse 2, Paul is reiterating an important point he made in Chapter 1. In which Verse or Verses did Paul make this point the first time and what was the important point he made?
5. How would you describe the Gospel that Paul preached “among the Gentiles” that he writes about in Verse 2? Where in the Epistles of Paul do you think we can find a good summary of this Gospel?
6. Why was it so important for Paul to meet with the apostles in Jerusalem and the other “esteemed leaders” privately? What do you think Paul meant when he wrote in Verse 2 that he wanted to make sure he was not running his race in vain?
7. Who were the “false believers” that Paul refers to in Verse 4? What were they called in Chapter 1 and what did they believe?
8. Verse 6 is of critical importance to the entire Epistle to the Galatians because of the points Paul makes here. What do you think are the three major points Paul makes in Verse 6 about why he had to go to Jerusalem this time? What are the names of the three leaders who were held in “high esteem” in Verse 6?
9. In Verses 7-9, Paul establishes his equalty as an apostle with the apostles “esteemed as pillars.” Who were these pillars and why were they called pillars?
10. In Verse 9, Paul and Barnabas recieved the right hand of fellowship. What was the meaning of the right hand of fellowship then and does it have the same meaning today?
11. What was the reason the pillars gave Paul and Barnabus the right hand of fellowship and what did they require in exchange for giving this gesture?
12. The Epistle to the Galatians is about freedom, justice and opposition to discrimination! Hallelujah! In Verse 11, Paul showed himself to be a freedom fighter by speaking truth to power. Who did Paul challenge in Verse 11 and why?
13. In Verses 12-13, Paul shows how damaging it can be when Christian leaders go along to get along rather than stand up for what is right. Can you give examples of how some Christian leaders today accept injustice to get along with others?
14. In Verse 13, Paul says other Jews joined Peter in his hypocrisy. What did Peter do that made him a hypocrite? What was the other name Paul called Peter and what did it mean?
15. In Verse 14, Paul sets a standard for the conduct of Christian leaders. How would you describe this standard? According to Paul, what had Peter done that caused him to fail to live up to the high standard of Christian leadership then and what is our responsibility as Christian leaders now in fighting for the freedom offerred by the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
16. In Verse 16, Paul establishes one of the cornerstone doctrines of the Christian church, yesterday, today and tomorrow. What is this essential doctrine of our faith?
17. Verse 21 is so important for Christians to understand our relationship to the Law, how would you explain this Verse to a new Christian or even a seasoned saint?