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.

Ice-Breaker:

  • What is your favorite fast-food to eat on a road trip?
    • These are worth your time because people are connecting and you are learning your people.

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?
    • It means that the judge declares you as right in his eyes. 
  • What does it mean for you to be justified by God?
    • It means that God declares you as righteous through faith in His son, Jesus Christ. 
  • 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? 
    • The law cannot make someone right in the eyes of God. The law cannot justify, only God can justify.
  • What is behavioral righteousness? Is behavioral righteousness, that which was being held by the Judaizers and other modern-day religions, a truly Christian concept?
    • Behavioral righteousness means that one can become righteous by what they do.
    • No, the idea is Jesus plus my good works equal salvation, this is not salvation. Jesus plus nothing, just faith, is how we are saved. 
  • What are some religions that hold to behavioral righteousness?
    • Islam – they have to hold to the five pillars of Islam and believe in the prophet Mohammed. Your good has to outweigh the bad to inherit paradise.
    • Hinduism – your good has to outweigh your bad to make it to the next level of reincarnation. 
    • Mormonism – the belief in the prophet Joseph Smith and by adhering to the law one can go to heaven. 
    • This is the distinction between Christianity and every other religion in the world. 
  • What is forensic righteousness? Why is the distinction between forensic righteousness and behavioral righteousness so important?
    • Forensic righteousness is that one is declared righteousness based on the work of Jesus. This is the actual righteousness of Jesus being imputed to us.
    • The distinction is so important because in adhering to the law there is no salvation.
  • 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?
    • The law shows us that we have offended God and points out our need for a Savior. The law does not provide God’s favor by our adherence to it. 
  • 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?
    • Because the Judaizers are trying to make the Gentiles earn what Jesus has already achieved on the cross.