This quarter’s Bible study guide invites us to journey with the apostle Paul as he pleads with the Galatians to remain true to Jesus. At the same time, it also gives us a chance to reflect on our own understanding of the gospel—the Good News of how Jesus saves us from our sins. It’s a sincere hope that, over the course of this series, God’s Spirit will spark a spiritual revival in our hearts as we rediscover what God has done for us in Christ. Scriptural Pursuit discussion will focus on Galatians, a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church in Galatia.
The story of Paul is most of all a story of grace. God showed grace to him when he wasn’t even looking for it and didn’t feel the need of it. And those whom Saul, later known as Paul, persecuted, or might have persecuted, learned how one can genuinely be changed by that grace and how to show grace themselves. Saul’s encounter with the risen Jesus on the Damascus road was the defining moment in his life and in the history of the early church. God changed the one-time persecutor of the church and made him His chosen apostle to bring the gospel to the Gentile world. Saul became known as Paul, the Apostle.
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Lesson 1 for September 24–30