Bible Studies

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 15: When Adiaphora is not Adiaphora

By mdhauz | December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #15:  Concerning those things which are neither commanded nor forbidden by the Scriptures (called adiaphora), we are free to do or not do. However, when St. Peter by his pretense began to compel the Gentiles to keep the ceremonial food laws in order to be saved(2:14), the principle doctrine of Christianity was at stake. […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 14: Practice and Doctrine

By mdhauz | December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #14:  St. Peter had been taught by a revelation (Acts 10-11) that “God does not show favoritism” and “everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.”  Later Peter had proclaimed that same Gospel message at the Apostolic Council (Acts 15:7-11) which Sts. Barnabas, Titus and Paul had attended (Galatians 2:11-21).  […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 13: The Truth of the Gospel

By mdhauz | December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #13:  When it comes to “the truth of the gospel” (Galatians 2:5, 2:14, 3:1) St. Paul is not willing to budge even a little.  In matters of life and weakness, he shows forth great love and bears all things(1 Cor 13:7).  He was not critical of St. Peter eating with the Gentiles (2:12), for […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 12: St. Paul Swears

By mdhauz | November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #12: In Gal. 1:20, St. Paul swears for the sake of the Gospel (Heb 6:16).  He transitions from his defense of his immediate divine call to a defense of the content of “the faith” (Gal. 1:23)—“the truth of the gospel” (2:5).  The gospel which St. Paul preached among the Gentiles was presented to the […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 11: The Medium and the Message

By mdhauz | November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #11:  St. Paul defends both his apostolic office and the gospel message which he had preached to the Galatians.  The message of the gospel is that man is saved by grace through faith alone apart from works.  The ultimate proof that salvation is apart from any merit or worthiness in man is the Scriptural […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 10

By mdhauz | November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #10:  The false judaizing prophets, who were troubling the Galatians, had denied St. Paul’s apostolic call and perverted the Gospel. St. Paul’s response was to defend his call and to intricately connect it with the true Gospel message. St. Paul was called immediately by Jesus (not by or through men) and the Gospel of […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 9

By mdhauz | November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #9:  The work of a faithful pastor over many years can be ruined by a heretic so quickly.  Though we should rightly be concerned about falling into the gross outward sins(Jude 4) of immorality, there is a sneakier way in which we can fall away from the true Gospel.  In Galatians, the Judaizers are […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 8

By mdhauz | October 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #8:  St. Paul makes a distinction between the Galatians and the false teachers.  In attempting to restore (6:1) the people of the congregations, he is gentle even while he reveals their error.  However, when St. Paul speaks about the false teachers(1:9, 5:10, 5:12), he is rough and even condemning of those who are troubling […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 7

By mdhauz | October 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #7 :  The beginning(1:1-5) of St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians is a preview of his entire epistle.  He brings up his apostolic call, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Gospel message promising the blessings of the atonement, and the Father’s will that we believe the Gospel message. Overheads: Galatians Overheads Class 7 […]

Galatians Bible Study, Pt. 6

By mdhauz | October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class #6 :  The beginning of a letter includes the writer, the recipient, and words of greeting.  In Galatians, St. Paul gives a lengthy defense of his apostolic call, a bare bones description of the recipients, and an extended greeting/blessing.  In this class, we learn about (1) the resurrection as short hand for the gospel, (2) […]