• Faith and the Liberty to Love Devotional

    Galatians 5:6

    Take time to skim over the book of Galatians and select one passage on which to meditate. Consider how God has used this epistle in your life and try to discern those areas in which you have been most tempted to embrace legalism. Ask the Lord to help you live out your freedom in Christ responsibly by the power of His Spirit and tell a non-Christian of the freedom from sin and death available only in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Rightly Directed Zeal Devotional

    Galatians 4:18–20

    Other people may know us as zealous for the truth, but are we also known for being zealous for the good of others? Telling the truth is something that we should never compromise, but let us never be happy that we get to point out to somebody their error. Instead, our correction should always evidence both sorrow that someone has gone astray and genuine concern for his spiritual well-being. May we always love, in word and deed, Christ’s wandering sheep. View Resource

  • The Perils of Telling the Truth Devotional

    Galatians 4:15–17

    Matthew Henry offers this caution: “Ministers sometimes create enemies to themselves by the faithful discharge of their duty. Yet ministers must not forbear speaking the truth, for fear of offending others.” Pastors and leaders must love their people well, but this love is not authentic if it comes at the expense of the truth. Let us listen carefully to our pastors’ rebukes from the pulpit and not gossip about them when we do not like what they say. View Resource

  • Confrontation in Antioch Devotional

    Galatians 2:11–13

    The confrontation with Peter is an important segue for Paul to begin explaining the doctrine of justification, and we will consider it more tomorrow. Today, consider how Peter’s failure proves that “we are nothing with all our gifts be they ever so great, except God assist us” (Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians). Even Peter sinned when he divided the church of Christ, and so we must be ever conscious of our dependence on Him lest we fall into error as well. View Resource

  • False Brothers in Jerusalem Devotional

    Galatians 2:3–5

    It is the duty of all believers, not just our pastors and other leaders, to contend for the faith. We must be especially wary of incremental steps to undermine biblical authority and the historic Christian faith. Denominations do not typically deny the exclusivity of Christ or ordain unrepentant sinners at once; such things happen only after Scripture’s rightful place is denied. Work to support biblical fidelity in your particular church or denomination. View Resource

  • Paul Returns to Jerusalem Devotional

    Galatians 2:1–2

    Many of the problems we have in the church arise from the misunderstandings we have about other Christians and the work they are doing. Teachers, especially, can run into difficulties when their words and intentions are misrepresented. As Christians we should follow Paul’s example and work to make sure that we clearly explain ourselves to others. We should also be willing to give others the benefit of the doubt lest we give ear to gossip and thereby sin against God. View Resource

  • The Glory of God’s Grace Devotional

    Galatians 1:21–24

    We should be thankful to the Lord for the grace that He pours out upon us as well as the grace He has shown to other people. We should also believe that no sinner is beyond His grace, for if He could change Paul from a persecutor of the faith to its promoter, then surely He can redeem anyone. Take some time to rejoice in the grace God has shown to your friends and family, and pray that by His grace He would convert the unbelievers that you know. View Resource

  • Paul’s Former Life Devotional

    Galatians 1:13–14

    Not all of us have had a dramatic conversion experience like Paul had, and by God’s covenantal grace, many of us may not even remember a time when we did not know Christ. Nevertheless, all who have turned from darkness into light have done so only because of the transforming grace of God. We should be thankful daily that the Lord took the initiative to call us unto Himself, for apart from this call we would still be imprisoned in our sin and misery. View Resource

  • False Teachers Accursed Devotional

    Galatians 1:8–9

    Martin Luther’s comments on Galatians 1:8–9 illustrate Scripture’s relationship to tradition: “Here then is a plain text like a thunderbolt, wherein Paul subjects both himself and an angel from heaven, and all others, doctors, teachers, and masters, to be under the authority of the Scriptures.” The church’s teaching tradition has authority, but final authority rests in the Word as the only inerrant and infallible guide for life that we have been given. View Resource

  • The Galatian Problem Devotional

    Galatians 1:6–7

    Martin Luther’s commentary on Galatians states, “Since Paul by his own experience teaches us that congregations which are won by great labor are easily and soon overthrown, we ought with singular care to watch against the devil ranging everywhere, lest he come while we sleep, and sow tares among the wheat.” False teachers are perennially trying to seduce God’s people with error. Let us seek to be well-grounded in Scripture that we may not be deceived. View Resource

  • To the Churches of Galatia Devotional

    Galatians 1:1–5

    Our study of Galatians will be enhanced if we all take a moment this weekend to read through the book of Galatians. As you read this letter, consider some of the themes that Paul returns to again and again. Note that this letter profoundly impacted Martin Luther and his rediscovery of justifying grace during the Protestant Reformation. Pray that your own life might be renewed through a new appreciation of the Father’s grace to you. View Resource

  • The Preparation of Paul Devotional

    Galatians 1:11–24

    How likely is it that the acknowledged leaders of the church today could come to such unanimous theological agreement? It was no less difficult then, yet it was achieved. What would it require for such accord in our generation? Pray for the unity of Christ’s church and the resulting peace that would ensue. View Resource

  • The Judgment of Heretics Devotional

    Galatians 1:6–17

    Paul presupposes in verse 8 that the difference between the two gospels is something obvious that “ordinary” believers should be able to detect. The Protestant Reformers stood with Paul when they judged the traditions of Rome. We are to cling to the Scriptures, not to men and their teachings. View Resource

  • The Greeting of the Gospel Devotional

    Galatians 1:1–10

    Paul did not hesitate to expose heresy which observed the Gospel. Do you follow that example? Do not allow your legitimate desire for unity to squelch your understanding of the need to protect the purity of the Gospel. Be supportive of those who, like Paul, speak forcefully against any and all false teaching. View Resource

  • Who Were the Galatians? Devotional

    Galatians 1:1–10

    Christian scholars continue to debate the topic of today’s lesson. While such an exercise might be valuable, we must be careful to insure that the issue of the book’s original audience does not obscure its meaning to us, its current audience. As we study Galatians, make your goal the discovery of the book’s message for you. View Resource