Lesson 2: Paul and the Galatians
Section 2: Content
(Video parts 3-6)


II. Content

A. Prescript / Postscript

B. Introduction to Problem

C. Historical Accounts

  1. Call and Training

  2. Meeting with Leaders

  3. Conflict with Peter

D. Theological Proofs

  1. Early Experience

  2. Abraham’s Faith

  3. Current Experience

  4. Abraham’s Wives & Sons

E. Practical Exhortations

  1. Freedom in Christ

  2. Power of Spirit

  3. Divine Judgment


1. Write the outline Dr. Kidd gives for the letter to the Galatians.

2. Describe the three historical events of Paul’s call and training, his meeting with leaders in Jerusalem, and his conflict with Peter in Antioch.

3. Explain how these three experiences aided Paul in proving his authority.

4. Explain the theological arguments that Paul offered for his doctrine of justification by faith in Galatians 3:1–4:31.

5. Write out key Bible verses that Dr. Kidd quotes from Galatians regarding Paul's theological arguments for justification by faith.

6. Explain how Isaac represents salvation by faith and Ishmael represents salvation by human effort.

6. Explain Paul's teaching about freedom in Galatians 5:1–6:10.

7. Explain Paul's emphasis on how to live a holy life.

8. How did Paul explain the purpose of the Law to the Galatians?


1. What kind of distinctions does your church community make among different kinds of people? In light of Galatians 3:28-29, how should we view those who are different from us?

2. Paul addressed the balance between freedom and responsibility in Galatians 5. How can you appropriately balance freedom in Christ with a proper respect for God’s moral law?

3. What role does the Holy Spirit play in our lives? What does it mean to live by the Spirit?

4. Are you really trusting God's grace in Christ for your salvation, or are you also trusting your own human efforts?

5. What are the signs of a legalistic approach to the Christian life, as opposed to living by grace? What can we learn from the Galatians about this?

6. How can you orient your life to be lived by grace instead of by human effort?
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