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Galatians 6:11-18 Study Guide

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Galatians 6:11-18

11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

Main Idea: The cross of Jesus Christ should shape our worldview. 

Overview: In this passage, Paul summarizes some of the major themes of the letter. Paul desires for his readers to fully trust in the sufficiency of the cross and to allow it to shape the way they view the world.

Observation and Interpretation:

  • Read the endings of Paul’s letters in 1 Corinthians 16:21, Colossians 4:18, and 2 Thessalonians 3:17. How are they different than Paul’s conclusion in Galatians? Why is this important, and what does it tell us about Paul’s concern for the Galatians?
  • Look at Galatians 6:14. What does it mean to boast in the cross, and how does Paul’s view of the cross shape the way he views the world?
  • Read Galatians 6:12 and Galatians 6:17. According to the Judaizers, what is the mark of a Christian, and what is their motivation? How is this different than the motivation of Paul in Galatians 6:17?

Application:

  • For Paul, the way of the cross is one of humility and not pride. What are some ways that you can cultivate humility in your life? How does Paul’s view of the cross lead to humility?
  • Throughout the book of Galatians, Paul repeatedly refers back to Christ’s work on the cross. Take a few minutes and write out all of the implications of the cross that you can think of. You can separate them into two categories: vertical (our relationship with God) and horizontal (our relationship with others).
  • As we close out our study in Galatians, spend some time reflecting and sharing with others how the Spirit worked in your heart during this study. What is the main thing that you learned? How has your love for Jesus deepened? How has this book shaped the way you understand and apply the gospel message?

Prayer Point: Pray that God would reveal to you the areas in your life where you think or live in a man-centered way, and not a cross-centered way. Then ask God to help you apply the glorious truths of the gospel to that area of your life!