August 20, 2010 – October 8, 2010
Much like today, as the gospel began to spread around the world early Christians had the challenge of discerning between truth, half-truths, and blatant fallacies surrounding the gospel message of salvation and how they should live as a result. In this Groundwork series we study the biblical book of Galatians to glean from the messages Paul shared with the early believers as he helps them – and us – discern the truths of salvation, justification, faith, right living, and living in community.
Episodes in this Series
August 20 , 2010
What is true Christianity? What's the authentic Gospel message? Claims and counterclaims abound, false teachings and half truths have been around as long as the gospel itself. The Bible doesn't treat this lightly; it gives us the tools to discern false teaching from its own right teaching. But where do we find these tools?
August 27 , 2010
Our behavior is a key part of how we communicate the gospel. But sometimes how we live obscures the gospel message. Is it ever okay to be flexible with our behavior in an effort to remove stumbling blocks to the faith for someone else? Or is that just selling out?
September 3 , 2010
The more we read scripture, the more we learn about God. But the more we learn about God, the more we see how incapable we are to do what God desires. The Bible tells us that in Christ we are accepted and made right with God, but how does it all work? Can we ever be sure that we are truly saved?
September 10 , 2010
It can be difficult to maintain consistency in our daily lives. We strive to what is morally right, yet our natural tendencies toward sin often derail our efforts. In Galatians we’re reminded that faith in Christ makes us right with God, but what good is following the God’ law if it doesn’t do anything to save us from our sinful nature?
September 17 , 2010
One of our greatest human desires is to belong. Deep down we seek to be loved and accepted unconditionally by others. And yet we continue to divide ourselves into groups based on money, education, ethnic backgrounds, and so on. How do the law AND the gospel address our divisive society?
September 24 , 2010
When you think of freedom, do you associate responsibility with it or as its opposite? Liberty, license, and responsibility. These are the three main ideas found in our next section of Galatians. How does the apostle Paul include them in Christian freedom?
October 1 , 2010
Living in the good news of Christ frees us from the condemnation of Old Testament law. Once we’ve received freedom, what do we do with it? Our next study of Galatians addresses that question by talking about internal conflict, spiritual warfare, and the Fruits of the Spirit of Galatians 5.
October 8 , 2010
Our study of Galatians shows us that in Christ we are set free. We are no longer bound in sin. We have freedom to live life, but our lives are not isolated, they are intertwined with the lives of many people. What responsibility do we have for other people? What does this freedom look like for the body of Christ, his church?