Faith, Not Good Behavior

March 4, 2012

Jay Strother · Galatians 2:15-3:9

1. There are many historical documents that declare a people’s freedom – the Scottish Declaration of Arbroath, the English Magna Carta, and our own Declaration of Independence. Why is Galatians often called the “declaration” document of the New Testament?

2. Galatians 2:16 is the “thesis” the Paul’s entire letter where he introduces the word “justification” for the first time. What does it mean to be “justified” before God?

3. In verse 17 Paul addresses the argument of the false teachers that if people believe they are made right with God by faith instead of following the law, that it encourages sinful living. Why and how does Paul passionately refute this line of faulty reasoning?

4. The gospel of “good behavior” is dangerous because it is merit-based. How does this insult the work of Christ (see 3:1-5)?

5. Action Step: Write down in your own words a few sentences that define of the doctrine of justification. Spend a few moments in personal worship and prayer in response to this great truth! Read chapter 3 week as you prepare your heart for next Sunday.