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Studying Galatians 3: What Is the Purpose of the Law?

You can begin by recapping what Paul said in Galatians 2:19-20: “For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

This describes the Christian life as a supernaturally transformed life—a life not based on law-keeping but based on identification in the death and resurrection of Christ.

He resumes this theme in Galatians 3 by discussing Christ’s crucifixion, law-keeping and faith. Continue reading

Studying Galatians 2: Are We Saved by Grace or by Law?

 You can begin this session by recapping what you covered in your study of Galatians 1:

  • Paul got his gospel message from Jesus Christ himself
  • This gospel message centers on God’s grace and on Christ’s sacrificial death to pay the penalty for our sins.
  • An example of this grace is God choosing Paul to be an apostle while Paul was persecuting Christians and proclaiming obeying the Jewish law and traditions as the way to be right with God.
  • False teachers were proclaiming a false gospel to the Galatians, a gospel this was somehow opposed to Paul’s message of grace.
  • So far in Galatians, Paul hasn’t mentioned God’s kingdom or the name “Jehovah.”

Continue working your way through Galatians with the Witnesses, taking turns reading the verses aloud. Continue reading

Studying Galatians 1: What Did Paul Preach?

I recommend that you and the Witnesses take turns reading through Galatians a few verses at a time and then pausing to discuss what it has taught so far. This will be an unfamiliar process to them. They are used to reading Watchtower literature which contains Bible quotations cited in support of the Watchtower teaching. Here, you are getting your teaching verse by verse in the order in which Paul presents it. Continue reading

Why Study Galatians with Jehovah’s Witnesses?

I recommend that you try to get the Witnesses to lead you in a study of the New Testament book of Galatians. Why that particular book? Continue reading

What If They Refuse?

Previously, I have discussed the advantages of having a genuine Bible study with Jehovah’s Witnesses—that is a verse-by-verse study of an actual book of the Bible rather than a Watchtower publication.

Why might Witnesses refuse to participate in such a study? First, they have never been taught how to do it. Second, the Watchtower teaches that no one can properly understand the Bible without the Watchtower organization to explain it to them.

So what do you do if the Witnesses flatly refuse to agree to an inductive study using the Bible alone? Continue reading

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