Does the gospel of John conflict with Matthew, Mark and Luke? Do the writings of Paul, Peter, John and James conflict with the writings of other gospel writers? It is an interesting question, perhaps a question we are reluctant to look at for it might shake up our fundamental belief in the four gospels. But is that a bad things? Is it a bad thing to critically look at the Bible, along with manmade beliefs and teaching, to see if they are in conflict with each other? Christ was always challenging the religious leaders of his day to consider their man made rules, regulations, and traditions and compare them to what the Old Testament writers had said. If Christ used this method, is it wrong for us to consider the same in regards to Biblical teachings verses man made theology?
Five Hundred years ago, Martin Luther an obscure Augustinian monk in Wittenberg Germany started studying the Bible, especially the books of Romans and Galatians. His findings challenged the teachings of his day. He took his findings and nailed them to the door of the church. This was a common practice when scholars wanted to ignite public debate on a subject.
The results of these 95 points of debate the Luther publicized on the door of the church, ignited the Protestant Reformation. As I mentioned just a moment ago, his primary area of Study was Romans and Galatians. Galatians with its portrayal of gospels in conflict among the earliest Christ believers, highlighted for Luther the pivotal issues in the New Testament, issues that are still, 500 years later persistently and doggedly hounding the church to this day. Thus over the next 14 weeks we will look at some the central themes of Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians and discover that these same themes still make up the fabric of the Christian community today.
It is my desire you will enjoy this series which will be presented over a thirteen week period of time starting on July 1 and running through the last Saturday of September.
Here are the titles and each will be broken into four parts and typically posted at 8:00 am and 8:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Lesson 1 Paul and His Galatian Letter:
Lesson 2: Gospels in Conflict and Paul’s Authority
Lesson 3: Threats to Gospel Unity
Lesson 4: Justification, the Foundation of Christian Unity
Lesson 5: Abraham’s Faith and What Christ Accomplished for all people
Part 3: Hope is in the crucified Christ rather than in Works of law
Lesson 6: Promise Preceded Law
Part 1: Abraham and Moses
Part 2: Christ the “Seed” of promise
Lesson 7: The Law Road to Faith
Part 1: What is the point of the Law?
Part 2: The Guardian, or Tutor, Function of the Law
Lesson 8: Children of Abraham and Heirs of Freedom
Part 1: United Through Faith in Christ
Part 2: Heirs and Members of God’s family
Part 3: Sliding Back
Lesson 9: A Pastor’s Heart
Part 1: The Begging Pastor
Part 2: The Confrontational and Caring Pastor
Lesson 10: Covenants New and Old, of Promise and of Flesh
Part 1: Flesh and Law Versus Promise and Grace
Part 2: A Further Look at “Covenant”
Lesson 11: Free in Christ
Part 1: The legalistic Threat to Freedom
Part 2: A Look at the False Teachers
Part 3: The Libertarian Threat to Freedom
Lesson 12: Two Ways of Living
Part 1: The Crucial role of the Holy Spirit
Part 2: The Works of the Flesh
Part 3: The Fruit of the Spirit
Lesson 13: Living the Gospel in the Church
Lesson 14: The Object of Paul’s Boasting
Part 1: Wrapping Things Up
Part 2: The Centrality of the Cross