Week 2: Gospel Showdown
- Would you describe yourself as an extrovert or an introvert? Explain why.
Read Galatians 2:1-16
Within these verses we have two scenes: Paul, Barnabas, and Titus visit the Jewish Christian “pillars” in Jerusalem (2:9) and agree about the inclusion of non-Jewish believers in the life of the church. Then in Antioch, about 200 miles north of Jerusalem, Paul publicly rebukes Peter for choosing to dissociate from the non-Jewish believers at mealtime (2:11-14).
Questions for Discussion:
- Why is it significant that Paul & Barnabas brought Titus along to Jerusalem (see 2:1 and 2:3)?
- What pressures did Peter and the other Jewish Christians feel that led them to separate themselves from the non-Jewish Christians at Antioch? Why did their actions make Paul so angry?
- Paul outlines a key piece of theology in 2:15-16, often referred to as justification by faith. How would you explain “justification by faith” to someone who has never been to church before?
- There is an I/me to the gospel, as well as an us/we. Which one are you more likely to emphasize? Why is it important that we uphold both the individual and the collective aspects of the gospel?
- Read Galatians 3:28, where Paul prioritizes our unity in Christ over differences along with culture/race, gender, and class. Can you identify other differences in our day that can lead to division? How does the gospel create unity across these differences?
- Are there people in our church you have not been associating with because they are not like you? What steps can you take to cultivate a greater gospel community? What about our group? Our church as a whole?
Close by reading Galatians 2:20 and praying that your group would more fully live out the I/me and the us/we of the gospel.