In Defense of the Gospel
Passage: Galatians 1:11–1:24
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- Why is it important to know that the gospel that Paul preached did not come from Paul, but rather was revealed to him by Jesus Christ Himself?
- The Apostle Paul was formerly known as “Saul of Tarsus”, a violent persecutor of the Church. Why is it important that you know how evil Paul was before his conversion to Christ?
- In v.15 & 16, we read “But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son to me, in order that I might preach Him among the Gentiles…” In spite of his evil and violent nature, Saul of Tarsus was set apart by God before he was born and was saved by grace so that he would preach the gospel to the gentiles. What does this tell you about the love, grace, patience, and plans of God?
- After his miraculous conversion, Paul spent three years alone in Arabia, before visiting with the Apostles Peter and James. Even after three years apart from other believers, Paul’s Gospel message remained pure and was the same message Peter and James understood and preached. How does knowing this help you trust that Paul’s message came from God? (Think about something you may have learned 3 years ago. How well do you remember it today?)
- Our passage ends with the believers in Jesus hearing about a former persecutor of the church who was now preaching the faith. How would you respond if you learned that the leader of North Korea or Iran or China became a true believer and follower of Jesus Christ? Do you think such a scenario would ever be possible? Why or why not?