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Small Groups Bible Study – 1.17.21 – Galatians 2

Galatians 2

Week 2: Gospel Showdown

Warm-up: 

  1. 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:

  1. Why is it significant that Paul & Barnabas brought Titus along to Jerusalem (see 2:1 and 2:3)?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. 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? 
  6. 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?

Closing

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.