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Friday, August 23, 2013

Finding a Place to Stand Outline, Scripture and Discussion Questions

Finding a Place to Stand 
Galatians 1
The Danger of Fitting In. A study of Galatians

1.    Live ___________ by good news
Galatians 1:1–5 (ESV) Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 

2.    Be ______________ about how people are made right with God
Galatians 1:6–10 (ESV) I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

3.    Locate your source of _________________
Galatians 1:11–24 (ESV) 11 For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel. 12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. 14 And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, 16 was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother. 20 (In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they glorified God because of me.

Questions for Discussion
What motivates Paul to worship in verses 4 & 5? What are the implications for what motivates our worship?
What does Paul’s tone in verse 6 reveal about the level of passion he feels both for the gospel and for the people of Galatians? How do you think such passion is developed?
How would you explain the gospel to a person who asked you how a person becomes a Christian?
What pressures do you feel to not accept the bible as your authority for living? 


  1. "Reaching people and helping them walk with God". Simply stated that is what Paul and you and Bethany Place and hopefully all of God's children are doing. Paul's passion came from God, his encounter with God and ours must too.

  2. That's a good clear statement of what discipleship is about. I like it

  3. A song came back to me as I was thinking about this message. This is some of the lines: "My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand." God is good. God is so good. "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple. Psalm 27:4.

  4. Hearing those makes me want to go to the piano and sing:)