11 October 2020 (am) – Galatians 2:11-21

PodcastAndy Bruins preaching from Galatians on Sunday 11th October 2020.

In this passage, Paul relates an occasion when Peter came to Antioch. Initially he embraced all the believers in this wonderful church made up from both Jews and Gentiles. But when another party arrived from Jerusalem he became afraid and drew back from the Gentile believers.
Paul is outraged and he takes the opportunity to publically expose this hypocrisy so that the truth of the Gospel is not denied by the actions of Peter and those who follow his example.
V15-21 contain the deep and essential foundations of the Gospel – Justification by Faith in Christ alone. These are truths we must understand and apply faithfully in every area of our lives.

Big Idea: Our lives need to be lived “in line” with the truth of the gospel. When we fail to do this it is hypocrisy and it denies the gospel that we profess to believe and it can lead others astray.

Q Read v11-12. What did Peter do and why was it so wrong? What did it lead to in v13?

Q Read v14. What does it mean to not act “in line with the truth of the Gospel”? How might we do this today?

Q Read v16. What does Paul mean by “the Law”? What can the law NOT do?

Q What does it mean to be Justified?

Q How does the truth of Justification by Faith in Christ Jesus (and not by works) affect every part of our lives? (e.g. the way we treat others, the way we think about ourselves)

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