Captivated By Christ: Galatians  

Galatians 2:15-21

Church Vision Statement 

We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and a connection to a family who cares.

Read: Galatians 2:15-21

15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law because by the works of the law no one will be justified. 17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker. 19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Transformation Questions:

  • If you were taken to court, what would it mean for you to be justified?
  • What does it mean for you to be justified by God?
  • What does verse 16 mean when Paul says, “by works of the law no one will be justified?” Can the law make someone right in the eyes of God? 
  • What is behavioral righteousness? Is behavioral righteousness, that which was being held by the Judaizers and other modern-day religions, a truly Christian concept?
  • What are some religions that hold to behavioral righteousness?
  • What is forensic righteousness? Why is the distinction between forensic righteousness and behavioral righteousness so important?
  • Do you struggle thinking that you can earn God’s favor? When you do something wrong, do you feel the need to do two really good things to make it right or as your penance for the wrong thing?
  • What is the point of the law? What should the law do?
  • In Christ, we are free from sin and the law. Why should we consider the Judaizers wanting the Gentile Christians to keep Jewish law as putting the Gentile under the yoke of slavery?