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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Galatians Chapter Five: Message Outlines

Galatians 5:16-26 (16)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 4 Study # 16
August 18, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:The fundamental exhortations of Galatians consist of "walking by the Spirit" and "refraining from the pursuit of vain glory".

Introduction:From all of our studies of Galatians, I have concluded that the book was written to people who have a seriously misguided, hard core, deeply embedded, "value": seeking to gain approval from men. What this boils down to is a most deeply held fear that the "love" of God is a myth.

As we come to the end of Paul's "walking" instructions in Galatians 5:25-26, we see him returning to this deeply held "value" with a couple of exhortations. The first is rooted in the reality of the love and grace of God; the second is aimed directly at the inevitable conflict that arises from the desire to be held in high esteem by men.


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