By Law or By Faith?

By Law or By Faith?

The lesson this week picks up in the middle of a public confrontation. Paul, apostle to the Gentiles, is confronting Peter, apostle to the Jews, over his hypocritical behavior. Paul does the right thing insofar as he confronts Peter to his face, having seen that he and others were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel. A group of men pr

Conflict and Change: Paul’s Relationship with Early Christian Leaders

Conflict and Change: Paul’s Relationship with Early Christian Leaders

There are several issues in Galatians 2:1-14 that I am going to discuss this week that provide insight into confrontation and the resolution of disputes amongst early Christ followers. These issues also relate to last week’s discussion on the issue of authority. The first relates to Paul’s relationship to the apostolic leadership in Jerusalem; seco

From Persecutor to Radical Christ Follower:  The Backdrop to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

From Persecutor to Radical Christ Follower: The Backdrop to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

  The story of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, in this quarter’s Sabbath school lesson, begins with its author. To learn about this main character, the reader must turn to other materials in the New Testament to discover who Paul is and what motivates his reaction to the situation that arose in the church in Galatia. Acts 7 introduces a malevo