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Galatians 2:19-21

Paul shares his experience of God’s new creation. Christ’s death on the cross changes Paul’s identity. He is now one with Christ

Reflect

 

Our identity is shaped by many factors. Because faith in Jesus Christ is now a part of Paul’s identity, he must respond to his encounter with Christ. He does so by becoming an instrument of Christ’s love. Paul is a missionary to the Gentiles, sharing the message of Christ’s sacrificial love. Consider what new thing God is doing in your midst.

Respond

Follow Jesus

You are a part of the body of Christ. Claim your part in the body of Christ as you pay attention to how God is making all things new.

Pray

Almighty and everlasting God, in the life, death, and resurrection of your Son, Jesus you have offered me a new life. Remind me today, “that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” Take those bold words and use me, Lord, to embody your love in a hurting world. I offer myself in the strong name of Jesus, Amen.

Celebrate

What new thing is God doing in your life? The church? Your local community?

Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments.

Galatians 2 Transforming Mission

 

 

Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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Galatians 2:15-16

We are justified, found righteous, by faith in Jesus Christ. We are not justified by works of the law.

Reflect

 

We are created to be in relationship with God and one another. When our relationships are broken, we need help to restore our relationships. We are justified by grace.

Respond

Follow Jesus

Review your grace story from Chapter 1, Day 7. Seek to live today, confident of who you are in Christ.

Pray

Lord Jesus, thank you for faith. Thank you for helping me know who and whose I am. When others want to define me, help me to find my true identity in you. Amen.

Celebrate

What happened today to remind you of who you are in Christ?

Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.

Galatians 2 prayer Transforming Mission

 

 

Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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Galatians 2:17-18

As you might expect, verses 17-18 build on the previous verses. Paul is using rhetorical tools and historical imagery to make a dramatic point and challenge the emissaries from James.

Reflect

 

Paul is articulating the objection of Jews and Gentiles eating together in dramatic fashion. “Sin” is personified. Paul asks, “Is Jesus Christ now serving Sin?” The implied answer is “No.”

Further, the wall Paul refers to is an image from Torah. The wall kept Israel separate from Gentiles. But, for Paul, Jesus tore down the wall.

Respond

Follow Jesus

Consider your words and actions today. Notice if there are ways you are “building walls” or “tearing down walls.”

Pray

Lord Jesus, call us together around your table. Unite us in our common mission and ministry even as you help us recognize our differences. Guide me, I pray, to speak words of grace that unite us as your people. Amen.

Celebrate

What words and/or actions did you witness today that are “tearing down walls”?

Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.

galatians 2 Transforming Mission

 

 

Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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Galatians 2:11-14

Paul confronts Peter about table fellowship. Who can and should sit with whom? Just as circumcision is an identifying mark, so is table fellowship. First, Peter is willing to eat with non-Jewish Christians. Then he not willing to eat with them. Paul calls it hypocrisy.

Reflect

  1. Paul is both willing and confidently managing his own life. He knows the gospel and uses it as his inner compass to lead others. Where does Paul find his certainty and direction? How about you?
  2. He also points out that others are acting in hypocritical ways (literally translated, wearing a mask). Consider where you put on a mask to protect, hide, or deny your faith.

Respond

Follow Jesus

You don’t need masks in the kingdom of God. Who you are in Christ helps you become who God created you to be. Consider what helps you find your certainty and direction. Watch for the ways you are tempted to hide behind a mask.

Pray

Lord Jesus, forgive me for the times I label others and label myself. Take away the masks that hide my true self from others. Use me to help others encounter you at the table. Then, embrace me with your grace so I can help others experience your love through the Christian community. Amen.

Celebrate

Where did you encounter certainty today? Where were you tempted to hide behind a mask?

Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.

Galatians 2 Transforming Mission

 

 

Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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Galatians 2:6-10

Paul is being challenged by a group of people who think Peter, James, and John taught him everything he knows. He’s also desiring to stay connected to the center of the faith in Jerusalem. But, if he’s not careful, they’ll either think he’s saying anything goes or Peter, James, and John taught him everything he knows. More than anything, at the center of this difficult passage, Paul wants to keep the unity of the church.  

Reflect

How do you keep focused on balancing the essential message of the gospel in the midst of times of disagreement and differences? What is essential? What did Paul offer to us that we can model today?

Respond

Follow Jesus

Where you begin matters. Consider if you start with Jesus or if you start with issues. How might your conversations change if you started with how Jesus is revealing himself to you. Consider how you’ll finish this statement: Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I…

Pray

Humble us, Lord Jesus, to see the unity of our faith and the diversity of our expression. Guide us to see your grace empowering us in different ways. Give us a heart open to your revelation. Then, help us witness to your love and light in the midst of a dark and hurting world. Amen.   

Celebrate

In the evening, reflect on the following: Given what you experienced today, finish this statement: Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I…

Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.

Galatians 2 prayer transformiing Mission

 

Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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Galatians 2:1-5

Paul describes his second visit to Jerusalem. He went to Jerusalem because of a revelation. He took Titus along and explains what he was teaching in the Gentile world. They encounter false teachers. Amidst controversies with people in Jerusalem trying to understand Paul’s teachings, he stands firm in the faith. He proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ – the announcement that Jesus is the crucified and resurrected Lord.

Reflect

Is everyone who claims the name, “Christ follower” one family? Paul seems to desire this to be so. How is this true today? How is it untrue? What does the name you claim (e.g., disciple, Christ follower, Jesus follower, etc.) say about your relationship with Christ?

Respond

Follow Jesus

Division still exists in the world. Some want legalism, some want liberty, some are looking for a compromise, and still others are looking for something different entirely. What could happen if grace is our guide? What challenges come your way when you embody grace? Today, seek to embody the gospel of grace.

Pray

Lord Jesus, I draw near to you, grateful for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you for teaching me, for challenging me, for inviting me to deepen my faith even as I reach out in love and service to others. I am called to follow you, Lord. Unite me with my brothers and sisters in Christ to fulfill your mission and live as faithful witnesses of your grace. Amen.

Celebrate

In the evening, reflect on the following: How did you embody grace today? Was it a challenge?

Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.

Galatians 2 Prayer Transforming Mission

 

Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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Review Galatians 1

Just as grace changed Paul’s life, it changes your life. Through grace and by grace, you are changed.

Reflect

What is your grace story?

Respond

Follow Jesus

Craft your grace story. Consider the following:

1) Prevenient grace: How was God working in your life before you were aware of God’s love for you?

2) Justifying grace: Where did you encounter Christ for the first time? How did Christ transform you?

3) Sanctifying grace: How are you continuing to grow to be more perfectin love? Consider the challenges, opportunities, and growth you’ve experienced. Consider the moments that moved you to a new place: change of occupation/work, moving, family structure, birth, death, illness, recovery, service opportunities, leadership roles, missions experiences, etc. God is not finished with you yet. Are you going to be made perfect in this life? Yes, John Wesley, we know the answer should be yes. For most of us, Christian perfection is a lifelong journey.

Pray

Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me as I am, inviting me on this journey of grace, and helping me to become more like you. Thank you for challenging me to be a person who not only knows about grace, but embodies grace to the people I encounter. May it be so today and always, Amen.

Celebrate

In the evening, reflect on the following: What response did you receive today from your actions? Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.

 

 

Grace Story Transforming Mission

Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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Galatians 1:18-24

Paul’s independence was creating trouble. However, it was precisely because of Paul’s witness that the Galatians encountered God’s love.

Reflect

As you follow Jesus, how are your actions in alignment with the gospel? The historic faith? The denomination? Who are you sharing the love of Christ with? How is your life and their life being changed as a result? Where does the church need to create room for independence? For convergence?

Respond

Follow Jesus

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We know that as Newton’s Third Law of Motion. Pay attention to your actions today. Notice the response your actions receive.

Pray

Only because of you, Lord Jesus, can I proclaim your glory and goodness. Only because of you, Lord, can I encounter life-changing faith. Guide me to be a person of integrity and grace. Amen.

Celebrate

In the evening, reflect on the following: What response did you receive today from your actions? Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.

 

Galatians Bible Study Question Transforming Mission

Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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Galatians 1:15-17

The revealed Son of God came to Paul, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, so he could tell people in pagan nations about Jesus Christ. Way to go, God! Will you surprise us again with your transforming love?

Reflect

Transformation is God’s doing. What three words describe how Jesus has transformed your life? What does wrestling with God and God’s will look like for you?

Respond

Follow Jesus

Be intentional today with your words, actions, and attitude. Pay attention to when it is easy and when it is difficult to embody love for others.

Pray

Surprise me again, Jesus, surprise me again! Change the cold places of my heart into an inviting vessel to encounter your love. Surprise me today with your goodness and grace. Then help me to respond with love. Amen.

Celebrate

In the evening, reflect on the following: Where or how did you see God’s love embodied today? Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments.

Seeing Grace Image Transforming Mission

Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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Galatians 1:13-14

Paul is teaching through his own autobiography. He encountered the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ. This transformation did not come by the Law, but directly from Christ.

Reflect

The transformation Paul experienced set him apart as a new person. It didn’t put his Jewish brothers and sisters in jeopardy, it set him apart. What sets you apart as a follower of Jesus Christ? As Paul continues to write to the Galatians, we’ll soon see that
the traditions of Judaism that are causing controversy include circumcision, dietary laws, sabbath observances, and the system of sacrificial feasts.

Respond

Follow Jesus

Today, do something that sets you apart as a follower of Jesus Christ. Love, give, share out of response to Christ’s love for you. Do so without expectation that it is returned.

Pray

Jesus, you meet me where I am and love me for who I am. Confront me with your life-transforming grace. Make me a new creation in Christ. All for your glory, Amen.

Celebrate

In the evening, reflect on the following: What did you do today that set you apart as a follower of Jesus? How did it set you apart? Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.

Grace prayer Transforming Mission

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