Galatians 1:6-10 Study Guide
6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. 10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Main Idea: There is only one true gospel.
Overview: In this section, Paul confronts the churches of Galatia over their acceptance of a false gospel. In every letter Paul writes, he offers a greeting of thanksgiving, except for this one. He gets straight to the point, making it clear that anyone who tries to alter that message should be accursed, and that he does not care what anyone thinks about him as he delivers this message. It’s that important.
Observation and Interpretation:
Read Acts 15:1-21. At the Jerusalem council, the leaders of the early church come together to decide on the nature of the Jewish ceremonial law. What parts of the law do they settle on as needed for all Christians to follow? Why were these chosen? How does this inform the book of Galatians?
Why do you think it was so tempting for the Galatians to follow the false teachers who told them they needed to follow the ceremonial law?
Why does Paul defend himself against accusations of pleasing man?
- What are some false gospels that we believe today? What things do we think we must add to the gospel to be right with God?
- What is the “gospel” of the majority culture? What about the culture of the American church?
- How does understanding these false gospels inform the way you share the gospel with your neighbors? Think about the message that you need to share with them based on their worldview and what they believe.
Prayer Point: Pray that you would not be tempted to add anything to the gospel and pray for our church and other fellow believers that they would believe no other gospel.