10 Weekly Spiritual Habits: A Guide to Cultivation

Week of September 3rd 2023

Galatians 1:1–10

"Paul, an apostle—not from men or by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me:

Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!

For am I now trying to persuade people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ."

Discussion Questions: 

1) What does Paul's tone in this introduction say about the church at Galatia?

2) Paul is writing this letter to a group of believers who are legalistic, or follow the letter of the law but not the spirit of the law. What are some ways that you might fall into a legalistic mindset in regards to your salvation?

3) What are some false gospels that people believe in today? What are things that we might be tempted to add to the Gospel in order to be right with God?

4) How does the view that God initiates faith from start to finish inform our ideas of sharing the Gospel with others?

Prayer: Take time in prayer thanking God for the many things he has blessed you with, including your salvation. 

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