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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Galatians Chapter Five: Message Outlines

Galatians 5:1-6 (5)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 5
March 3, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:'Faith' is Paul's answer to everything that is wrong with the world.

Introduction:We have come to the end of the first paragraph in the third section of Galatians. As we look at the final declaration Paul made, we note that he puts "faith" at the top of the heap of things which are supposed to address what is wrong with the world. At first blush this looks a bit different from his claim in 1 Corinthians 13 that "love" is the "greatest" -- putting "love" at the top of the heap. But, what we can easily recognize is the fact that the Galatian letter is all about "methodology", not "objective". In terms of "method", it really does not matter what the "objective" is; what really matters is whether, in fact, the "method" will work. In Jesus' comment about being able to move a mountain with "faith as a grain of mustard", He did not raise the issue of whether the mountain needed to be moved; He simply said that "faith" could move it. Paul, however, in our text, does address whether "faith" will actually work. Thus, this evening we are going to look into what he wrote.


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