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Updated: Jun 11

Galatians 1:1-2:4

Galatians Bible Study Part #1:

I know many of you, having come into this walk of accepting the instructions of YHVH in the Torah as applicable to our lives as believers, at some point, have heard the quip, “Have you read Galatians, Romans, Colossians?” Many of us have, but we often get bogged down in conversations surrounding a handful of verses while the rest of the letter and Paul’s writings are ignored. Therefore, as believers, it is not only important for us to understand the arguments being made from Paul’s writing but also for us to be knowledgeable of Paul’s writings as a whole and how they should be understood in their proper context, which means we need to understand the full letter, and at best understand the totality of Paul’s writings.-During this series, we will go verse by verse, chapter by chapter, through the entire book of Galatians. We did a deeper dive into Paul that can be viewed for those questioning the validity of Paul’s leadership in the early church; I will not be covering that topic in this series.

In addition, this will be more of an exegetical approach rather than my normal topical style of study. I encourage you to read through the entire book of Galatians weekly to keep the letter fresh in your mind, as it will be a few weeks between each time I speak on this topic. It’s only six chapters and can be read in 30 minutes or less. Listen to it while you drive to work, while you cook, read it when you wake up, before you go to bed, on your lunch break, but invest the time to become very familiar with this letter.-Finally, I will provide a link to weekly summaries before each teaching to limit the review time needed when I teach.

First, we should review a few facts about the letter of Galatians:

  1. It was written after the Council of Jerusalem, recorded in Acts 15

  2. While I can’t find a consensus on when the letter was written, the accepted range is between 50AD-60AD, either during his second or third missionary journey.

  3. The letter was written to the churches of Galatia.

This is a lot to cover, but it’s Paul’s personal history and introduction to the rest of his letter. In this teaching, we will look at the historical context, reflect upon Paul’s personal history, and identify the author, the audience, and the topic of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. These three points are important to lay a foundation for properly understanding the rest of Paul’s letter.

This teaching was delivered at Pursuing Truth Ministries. If you would like to find out more about that ministry, click here.



Each blog post in this Galatians Bible Study series will include note pages organized by chapter and designed specifically to encourage deeper study and engagement with this study. The study guides include three columns: the middle column is the full Bible text from each chapter, one column for notes, and one for cross-references. Finally, at the end of each chapter is a general notes section that is perfect for final thoughts, questions, and summarizing what you've learned.


Galatians 1- notes page
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Galatians 2- notes page
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If you would like a simplified review with suggested cross-references we have assembled a review page for easy download and study by chapter. Download below:

Galatians 1- Review
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Download the Sermon Outline below: "GALATIANS PART #1"

Galatians Part 1
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Full Video:

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Feel free to follow along with the teaching with this slideshow of the verses and images used in the sermon.

Galatians Part #1-ppt
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