Lesson 1: Galatians 1:6-10
This is the first Bible study for 7th-10th graders that attended Marannook in the summer of 2017.
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What is your name? (Preferred name and Last name)
What grade are you in?
Who was your counselor this past summer?
What good news do you have in your life?
Maybe you are thinking, "I don't really have any good news," but there is good news for everyone. Maybe you did have good news to put down in the last question. Now we'll look at Galatians chapter 1 to understand the best news there is. What does the word "gospel" mean? If you don't know, put down "don't know," and go to the next question.
In Galatians 1:6, Paul is writing to a group of people called the Galatians. The Galatians were simply people that lived in the area of Galatia. Paul had gone through the area and had helped them understand the good news of Jesus Christ; however, some other people had come after Paul and told the Galatians that they had to do certain things in order to be saved. They were saying that Jesus is good, but there is more to it. What emotion describes Paul's response to the Galatians in verse 1:6?
What were the Galatians doing that caused Paul to feel this way?
Paul says they are going to a 'different gospel,' and later says that it really isn't another gospel. What is the true gospel? (This is a big question. For help look at verses 3-5 in Galatians 1.)
The gospel is really good news because it tells us that we were separated from God because of our sin, but Jesus Christ gave Himself, so that all those who put their faith (trust) in Jesus could be restored to a right relationship with God. Have you put your faith in Jesus?
Let's explore what the gospel means a little more. Paul wants to make sure they understand how serious this situation is. He begins to teach against those that 'distort' the gospel or 'preach another gospel.' What word does Paul use twice in verse 8 and 9 that is the result of distorting the gospel?
The word "accursed" means to be cut off from God. The idea of being cut off from God is serious. Paul uses this term because he does not want people to lead his friends in Galatia away from God. You don't have to answer this question in the form if you don't want to, but stop and think about this. Do I take the gospel seriously?
Paul goes on in verse 10 to describe how the gospel is connected to pleasing men or pleasing God. One good way to know if you take the gospel seriously (and if you really are trusting God) is to ask yourself this question: whom am I trying to please in life? Listen to what Jesus says in John 5:44 - "44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?" Jesus is scolding the religious leaders of the day because He says they should believe in Him, but they don't because they are too concerned with seeking the glory of one another. This is a very difficult concept, but Jesus and Paul both seem to be saying that if we are seeking to please man, we will not please God. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. There seems to be some strong connection between pleasing God and trusting Him. The gospel says that if you turn from your sin and give your life to Jesus, He will save you. Please understand that this is not saying that you have to be good enough to be saved. It's actually saying the exact opposite. You are never good enough without Jesus. We can never please God without Christ. Take some time to pray and reflect on what the 'good news' is. Make sure that you are not living to please man. Make sure you are taking the gospel seriously. Make sure you are putting your faith in Jesus.
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