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 2:11-14
11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof, fearing the party of the circumcision. 13 The rest of the Jews joined him in hypocrisy, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were not straight forward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?
- Did you have a Gospel conversation with an unbeliever this week, or a spiritual conversation with an unbeliever?
- What social issues were going on within the churches in Galatia that caused Paul to write this letter?
- Peter knew that the circumcision party was not right, but he allowed social pressures to change his perspective on how he treated Gentile believers. Have you ever felt yourself in Peter’s position? A position where you knew what the right thing to do was, but you allowed social pressures to either change your opinion or cause you to keep quiet? If you feel comfortable, share your experience with the group.
- How have you seen cultural issues negatively affect Christian unity and communities within churches you have been apart of? (Like elections, wars, BLM, kneeling for the national anthem, immigration, whether or not to wear face masks, can Christians listen to secular music, and so on.)
- 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
- What does it mean to take your thoughts captive? On the issues we listed above, how do you take your thoughts captive so that you do not make whatever the issue is all-consuming?
- Practically, how can we use the gospel as a lens for interpreting these social issues?
- Can Christians disagree and debate hot topic issues and it not be sin? If so, when does a disagreement become sin?
- How can Christians disagree in a God-honoring way? How do you feel like you have healthily done this?
- How is the Gospel the great equalizer and unifier?