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The Galatians, The Gospel, and Us


Galatians 1:1-5

I. An Introduction to Galatians

1. Who Were the Galatians?

2. Why Did Paul Write Galatians?


  • Undermined Paul’s Credibility
  • Demanded Circumcision as a Condition for Salvation
  • Required observation of Jewish Ceremonies and Ritual

Paul’s Teaching

  • True Apostle
  • Salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, apart from works of the law.
  • Urging Christians to live in the freedom of grace and life in the Spirit

3. Why Is Galatians So Important Today?

II. The Salutation to the Galatians (1:1-5)

3 Issues

  • Divine Authority (1:1)
  • The Gospel of Grace

Dimensions to the Gospel

Historical Dimension, “Christ died” “was raised”

Personal Dimension, “”for our sins to deliver us”

The Essence of Christ’s Death: Substitution

“The essence of sin is man substituting himself for God; the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man.” (Stott)

The Effect of Christ’s Death: Freedom

Vertical Dimension, “according to the will of our God and Father to whom be the glory forever. Amen.”

  • Faith Alone in Christ Alone

III. 4 Take Aways from Galatians

  1. Know the Gospel Thoroughly
  2. Believe the Gospel Truly
  3. Live in the Gospel Daily
  4. Spread the Gospel Faithfully