Galatians 3 | Children of Abraham and Sarah

Galatians 3 | Children of Abraham and Sarah

This lecture on Galatians comes from a six-week course on Galatians. The Apostle Paul is frustrated with his friends in Galatia because they are being convinced by a group of people that they must first become Jewish before they can truly follow Jesus. Paul continues his argument in chapter 3 of this letter by recounting the story of Abraham and Sarah. They were justified simply by trusting God’s promise, long before circumcision or the Law of Moses was ever part of the equation.

Putting Acts 15 and Galatians 1-2 in Context | The Church as a Multi-Ethnic Community

Putting Acts 15 and Galatians 1-2 in Context | The Church as a Multi-Ethnic Community

What do Acts 15 and the first two chapters of Galatians have in common? They both talk about the first big debate over ethnic identity in the church. Some of the early Christians said you had to be circumcised and assimilate into the Jewish culture in order to be a true disciple of Jesus. They debated the topic in Acts 15 in Jerusalem. The Apostle Paul was very opposed to this teaching. That’s what he’s talking about in his letter to the Galatians.