Captivated By Christ: Galatians
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 1:11-2:10
11 For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
13 For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; 14 and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions.15 But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with [i]flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus.
18 Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to [j]become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 But I did not see any other of the apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. 20 (Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you before God that I am not lying.) 21 Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea which were in Christ; 23 but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they were glorifying God [n]because of me.
2 Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. 2 It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain. 3 But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. 4 But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage. 5 But we did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. 6 But from those who [b]were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God [c]shows no partiality)—well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me. 7 But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel [d]to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised 8 (for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles), 9 and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship so that we might go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 They only asked us to remember the poor—the very thing I also was eager to do.
- When thinking about transformations, what is the greatest or coolest transformation you have ever seen?
- Have you seen the Gospel make a radical transformation in someone’s life?
- Paul tells the story in this passage of how Jesus changed him and used him. What are some things that you have seen in your own life that Jesus transformed?
- Paul was someone that people (Christians) would have thought had gone too far to be saved. Obviously, Paul was not too far gone to be saved, but we do not always look at things through a spiritual lens. Who is someone in your life or maybe a type of person that seems as though they are too far gone for salvation?
- Part of our new transformed life is taking on the new calling to share Christ. How do you use your job to share your faith?
- What is your biggest obstacle when talking to people at work about Jesus?
- Paul had Barnabus in his life to encourage and help him accomplish God’s mission. Do you have a friend like Barnabus who encourages and helps you accomplish God’s mission?
- Why was Titus rejected by the Church until Paul stepped in?
- Have you seen issues in the past like this in church? Have you seen the church make small issues, like circumcision, equal to the Gospel? If you grew up in a situation like that, do you struggle with wanting to make small issues big issues?
- Pray together that God would use you this week in your jobs to share the Gospel or even to just start having a spiritual conversation with a coworker.