Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
October 10, 2010
Dayton, Texas
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<030> Thesis: Departing from God the Father is a radical action motivated by an unwillingness to put aside the desire to be considered "worthy" of blessedness. Introduction: Now that we have concluded our studies in the introduction to the letter to the Galatians, we are ready to proceed into the main body of the letter. As we read the words of 1:6 we note two things immediately: there is a marked shift in tone; and Paul decided to call a spade a spade. By way of comparison, the first letter to the Corinthians, with whom Paul had many conflicts, opens with a very gracious and complimentary commentary on the Corinthians' strong points, but in this letter, the opening words are a stunning confrontation. The reason seems obvious from verses 8-9, but it stuns us nonetheless. For our consideration tonight, we are going to look into what Paul said about the remarkable reality in Galatia.