The Pastor is eager for you to participate in our Lenten Study! We will meet on Zoom from 7:00 to 7:45 p.m. on March 9, 16, 23, and 30. Email Pastor Green at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Galatians: A Lenten Study
The Lenten Study is about both method and content, that is, about how to approach and study the scripture, and about what scripture says. Our goal will be to identify keywords, key questions, contrasts, comparisons, etc. The study will last four weeks. The following is a general outline of St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, not a guide to what we will study on a particular night. If you want to get the most out of the study, read Galatians at least five times before the first session.
General Outline of St. Paul’s Letter to the Churches of Galatia.
I. Chapters 1 & 2: Paul Defends his apostleship and his message. Interpretive Questions: Why was Paul defensive about his apostleship? His message?
II. Chapters 3 & 4: We become the children of God through faith in Jesus, not through the Law. Interpretive Questions: What role did the Law of Moses play before Christ? What role does the Law play in our lives now?
III. Chapters 5 & 6: As God’s Children. possessing our freedom, God gives us guidance. Interpretive Questions: How does God give us guidance? How have you experienced God’s guidance?
Key Observation: Contrast the way Paul begins his letter to the Galatians with the opening of his letter to the Philippians. Is there a difference? Why, do you think?
Key Observation: What details that are extremely personal to Paul do we find in his letter to the Galatians?
Key Question: What is the main theme of the letter, i.e., “the occasion for writing?”