Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 5 Study # 1
November 28, 2010
Dayton, Texas
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<044> Thesis: Paul's first line of "proof" of the legitimacy of his message is its impact upon his behavior. Introduction: Last week we made the claim that Galatians 1:11-12 is Paul's "thesis statement" for the first two chapters of his letter. Because the whole of life is directly affected by the strength of one's confidence in its foundations, the fact that the message of the Gospel is ours by direct revelation from the One Whose death and resurrection makes the "Life" that arises from faith in the message work, is critical. Thus, in order to strengthen the Galatians' ability to trust him, Paul determined to "prove" that his message is directly from Jesus Christ. In our text for the evening, Paul's first line of "proof" is his claim that his message transformed his behavior.