• 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 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

  • 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

  • The Birth of Islam Devotional

    Galatians 1:6–9

    Mohammed did have contact with some Christian groups whose orthodoxy was questionable on matters like the person of Christ. Is it just possible, looking at things from a human perspective, that Islam would never have been established if someone was available to explain accurately the way of God to Mohammed? Nevertheless we know that Islam was established in God’s providence. Ask the Lord to help you understand biblical doctrine so that you can defend it. 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

  • 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

  • Maligning Paul’s Character Devotional

    Galatians 1:10

    The context of Galatians 1:10 refutes any notion that Paul was a people-pleaser. Would a man concerned to win the acclaim of all people call down curses upon some of them (vv. 8–9)? Paul’s becoming “all things to all people” reflects a godly practicality that holds to the gospel without doing anything that would cause unnecessary offense. This principle should guide the church today, though we must beware lest we water down the gospel in our drive to reach the lost. View Resource

  • A Heavenly Gospel Devotional

    Galatians 1:11–12

    Paul in Galatians often says things like “the gospel that I proclaim” (2:2) in order to set the true message of salvation apart from the different gospel of the Judaizers. Make no mistake, however, Paul knew that it was God’s gospel (Rom. 1:1), ordained by Him and not subject to change. We did not receive the gospel through a vision of Christ as Paul did but through the preaching of God’s Word, which Word cannot be compromised. View Resource

  • Paul the Pharisee Devotional

    Galatians 1:11–14

    Paul’s conversion is as miraculous as any in Scripture or throughout Christian history. Yours may not have been nearly as dramatic, but it represented just as radical a change of direction for you. Take time to reflect on the direction of your life before and after your conversion. Be prepared to tell others what Christ did for 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

  • 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

  • Paul’s Conversion Devotional

    Galatians 1:15–17

    It is incredible to realize that God has not only chosen us for salvation, He has also given us each to a vocation designed to bless His church. What is your calling? Are you appointed to be a teacher, to direct mercy ministry, or take part in the music of worship? Perhaps you are gifted for children’s ministry or have special talents for evangelism? Consider your gifts and the ministries that excite you that you might know the service for which God has equipped you. View Resource

  • Paul Meets Peter and James Devotional

    Galatians 1:18–20

    As a minister of Christ Jesus, Paul knew that he could not succeed in his calling all by himself. And if an apostle needed fellowship with others to fulfill the commission Jesus gave to him, how much more do we who rely upon the words of the apostles need Christian brothers and sisters around us for support and fellowship? Do you have close Christian friends who pray for you and help you to fulfill your calling? Whose ministry are you supporting in the body of Christ? 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