As we start reading Galatians this past week, we see a different Paul. He seems to be really challenging the people of Galatia with the way they are conducting themselves. If you haven’t already, take time to read through these passages and share below what stands out to you from them. If you would like some encouragement from past devotionals we have been doing, you can click here.
Here are 3 lessons learned and insights from 2 Corinthians 10-Galatians 4.
It’s Important to be Vulnerable
There are lots of ways we can grow in faith. One of those ways is to be vulnerable. Being vulnerable with others is not always easy, but it really does help us. Take time to read 2 Corinthians 12 and check out this devotional.To help us grow in our faith, we need to be vulnerable with others.
We are Saved by Grace, Not the Law
In Galatians 3 we find that Paul is upset. He’s upset because the Christian in Galatia are back to thinking that if they just obey the law, they will be saved. However, as Paul says, we are saved by grace, not the law. Yes, we need to know, understand and obey God’s law, but as Tom highlights in this devotional obeying the law only becomes a performance based faith. Our faith needs to be driven by God’s grace, rather than checking off the boxes of this rule and that rule.
Nothing is Added to the Gospel
There is God-given direction and then man-made direction about how to proceed with our faith. It’s when we take man-and direction that is added on to God-given direction, where we get in trouble. And that is where we find the people of Galatia in Galatians 2. Paul calls them out for adding on things in order to obtain salvation. Read the passage and watch this devotional and focus on what God calls you to rather than man-made rules.
These are just 3 of the lessons you could have gotten out of from this week’s passages. However, they are not the only ones. What did you get out of reading these passages? If you are not part of this group, but would like to be getting these texts, simply text the word “Paul” to 703-454-5990. In addition to this, to be part of other Bible Study encouragement groups where you can pick out other Bible Studies to do throughout the year, go to this page.