Paul’s epistle to the churches in Galatia has had an enormous impact on the history of the church. As a major Scriptural influence for leaders in the Protestant Reformation, such as Martin Luther, this “Charter of Christian Liberty” clearly sets forth the differences between Christianity and religion and between grace and law.
This course is a study of one of the most significant books of the New Testament: Paul’s epistle to the churches in Galatia. Galatians has been called the Charter of Christian Liberty. Grace is the major theme of the New Testament and Galatians in particular. The difference between Christianity and religion, and between grace and law is clearly set forth in this small letter. The epistle has had an enormous impact on the history of the church. Galatians and Romans were pivotal documents of the Protestant Reformation. Both Martin Luther and John Wesley were profoundly impacted by these works and found Christ reading their pages.
This course is the first of two in the study of Paul’s epistles to the Galatians and Romans. It begins with Galatians because it lays a foundation for the study of Romans. In this course, the students look at the historical background and examine the vital theological issues in the early church with which Paul dealt. They will become better acquainted with the life, character, and ministry of the apostle Paul. They will also gain new insights into Christian life and service as they apply the teaching of the epistle to contemporary situations.
The lessons in this course are grouped into two units. The first unit looks at Paul as the defender of the faith. In these lessons, you will see Paul’s explanation of his preparation and how God gave him the truths of the Gospel. Unit 2 covers Paul defends the gospel by teaching that the scriptures themselves teach the gospel, and pointing out that the gospel stands the test of life.