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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Galatians Chapter Six: Message Outlines

Galatians 6:1-5 (2)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
September 1, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:The Law of the Christ is basic Christianity 101.

Introduction:With Galatians 6:1-5, Paul, for the first time in Galatians, actually delves into "believing responsibility" in respect to others. There are other "commands" in Galatians, but they mostly deal with issues that have to do with personal responsibilities in respect to one's own "spiritual life". In this present paragraph Paul moves from his focus upon the Galatians in respect to their relationship to the God of grace to a focus upon the Galatians in respect to their relationships with each other. It seems rather significant that it took five chapters to make a case for walking in the grace of God by the Spirit of God before there was any detailed instruction regarding the believer's interaction with others in the Church. At least one conclusion seems obvious: one's own relationship with God needs to be "on track" before anyone attempts to get others to get their relationships with God "on track". This is the essence of the "physician heal thyself" principle (Luke 4:23), and it highlights the tendency everyone has to try to get "others" to do what is right without being more concerned with doing what is right.


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