Paul’s Letter to the Churches of Galatia
Originally, the Christian movement was essentially a sect of Judaism. The leadership of this movement, which was known as “The Way,” was centered in the city of Jerusalem. The head of this movement was James, the brother of Jesus.
Outside of Judea, in the larger Roman world, the Christian movement was taking a very different direction. In Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica, and other Roman cities, the movement was attracting many non-Jews, both freemen and slaves. The leader of the Christian movement in this part of the world was a former Pharisee named Saul. As he preached to largely non-Jewish audiences in these cities, he usually preferred to use his Greek name, Paul.
In his letter to the newly established churches in the region known as Galatia, Paul addressed some of the tensions and problems experienced by the members of those churches. It seems that missionaries from the church in Jerusalem were insisting that the non-Jews in those churches needed to convert to Judaism.
You are invited to join us on Wednesday mornings as we explore this urgent letter from Paul to the Christians in the churches of Galatia. Consider making the study of Scripture a bigger part of your spiritual journey in the year 2020.
January 8 Session One Galatians 1: 1-24
January 15 Session Two Acts 9:1-30 and 21:15-22:21
January 22 Session Three Galatians 2:1-21
January 29 Session Four Galatians 3:1-29
February 5 Session Five Galatians 4:1-31
February 12 Session Six Galatians 5:1-26
February 19 Session Seven Galatians 6:1-18