Study of Galatians

Walking in Truth--GalatiansA Study of Galatians

A study of Galatians is our next project on the radio program WALKING IN TRUTH. Please scroll down to find the links to study guides for each chapter of Galatians and a combined PDF of all six chapters. We will add them as we complete them (one per week). If you don’t see all of the files below, come back later when the study has been completed. Please tell others about the study guides, using the social media links below.

 Harold Littrell writes these introductory words regarding Galatians:

To lower Galatia. Paul established the churches of Galatian on his first preaching tour, if indeed lower Galatia included the cities of Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe, as this writer believes. Judaizing teachers, demanding that the brethren be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses upset and deluded the Christians of that area (Gal 1.6-9), even as they did in Corinth to some extent (cf., 2 Cor 11.13-15).

Written about the time the letter to the Romans was written. Evidently Paul wrote this letter about the same time Paul wrote the letter to the brethren at Rome. He wrote that latter while at Corinth. He was in Corinth for about three months (Acts 20.1-3). It was probably about A.D. 57 or 58.

Paul defends the gospel he preached and warned against perverters.

The burden of this letter was to defend the gospel (good message) he himself preached. He preached the gospel as being from Christ Jesus himself (Gal 1.11-12). He tried to convince the brethren there that the Law of Moses had been removed, and was no longer valid. He stressed the fact that if anyone—even an angel from heaven, preached any other gospel than the one he had preached to them, that person or angel was accursed (Gal 1.8-9).

Dead to the Law of Moses through the Law of Christ. In Galatians 2.19 Paul says that through the law [of Christ] he was dead to the Law [of Moses]. The statement, is “Through the law I am dead to the Law, that I might live unto God.”

God’s children IN CHRIST through THE FAITH. In Galatians 3.26-27 he laid out very plainly how people NOW become God’s children in Christ Jesus, through the faith, at the point of immersion into Christ.

The Law was a YOKE OF BONDAGE

In chapter four Paul shows that being under the Law was like being in slavery. Then, in chapter five he warns them not to go back under the YOKE OF BONDAGE (the Law of Moses).

One CAN Fall from Grace!

He reveals to them (and us) that if one goes back to the Law for righteousness, he/she has fallen from grace. He shows that Christ is of no value to those who leave Christ and go to the Law. Apparently many of the Galatian Christians had fallen from grace.

Faith WORKING through love. In Galatians 5.6 he states that circumcision (being a Jew) is nothing, and uncircumcision (being a Gentile) is nothing. The thing that counts in God’s sight now is “faith working through love.” He again underscores that that fact in Galatians 6.15, showing that it is being “a new creature” that is of value. See 1 Corinthians 7.19 where Paul shows that “keeping the commandment of the Lord is the important thing. Being a Jew of a Gentile has no merit in Christ.

Works of the Flesh. The works of the flesh—that which is produced by living to fulfill the desires of the flesh, are listed in Galatians 5.19-21. It is clearly stated that one can not inherit heaven if those things are followed.

Fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the spirit—those wonderful and desirable qualities produced by the individuals who are living after the spirit (the inner person), trying to please God and to mature spiritually, are shown to decorate the lives of the Christians who put to death the flesh (Gal 5.22-23).

Do Good to All, as Opportunity Allows. In Galatians 6.10 the inspired writer shows that responsibility all Christians have in helping all people, especially the saints, as opportunity allows, is a part of Christian living.

A Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, by Harold LIttrell.

  1. Study Guide for Galatians 1
  2. Study Guide for Galatians 2
  3. Study Guide for Galatians 3
  4. Study Guide for Galatians 4
  5. Study Guide for Galatians 5
  6. Study Guide for Galatians 6
  7. Study Guide for the entire Book of Galatians

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A Study of Titus

Walking in Truth--TitusWe have begun a study of the New Testament Book of Titus on the radio program WALKING IN TRUTH. We accompany our studies on the radio with study guides for the New Testament chapters we cover there. Scroll down to find a link to the PDF files. If you find the studies helpful, please use the social media to tell others about them. We will add each chapter as we cover them on the radio. If all of the files are not available, please check back later.

The Basic Message of Titus and How it Lives for Men Today…

While Titus is not mentioned in the book of Acts, this able and devoted companion of Paul is referred to in other places. His birth place is not known, but probably was in Antioch of Syria. At least, this is the conviction of many great scholars. Titus played a great part in the early history of the church and was of such character that he was and could be depended upon for the advancement of the gospel.

It is remarkable to note the prominence which Titus enjoyed in Paul’s epistles to the churches, showing the fact that Paul did regard him highly. He is mentioned some nine times in Second Corinthians, and always with marked affection and appreciation. The strength of character and ability to deal with people was graphically portrayed in the difficult tasks which were given him. For instance: (1) The collection for the Jerusalem Saints. When Paul needed someone to motivate the Corinthians in their duties toward aiding the Saints in Judea, which they promised, Titus was called upon for that task. (2) He was used as a peacemaker. The church at Corinth was not void of her problems and he was sent there according to 2 Corinthians 7.5-16, to help this situation. (3) He was used to demonstrate a principle (Gal 2.1-5). When Paul and Barnabas left Antioch to go into the Galatian area to establish churches, some Judaizing teachers came to Antioch and taught that circumcision was still binding. It is at this point and time that Paul uses him to teach a great lesson to the Jews. (4) His work on the Island of Crete. Sometime after Paul’s release from his first imprisonment he and Titus did some evangelistic work at Crete. Whether this was the first effort among these people we know not. We do know however, that on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, there were representatives from Crete and it is possible that some of the were converted during that time, and later returned to their homeland and established the work. Be that as it may, we see from Titus 1.5 that Paul had left him there to set things in order.

Purpose of Titus…

When Paul left Titus in Crete, his work was truly cut out for him. The task which was committed to him was a most difficult one. The immorality of the Cretans had reached such a low ebb that they were given over to greediness, licentiousness, lying, and drunkenness; they were a people who could be labeled as unsteady insincere, and factious.

Among such a people it was no easy task which Titus had to sustain when commissioned to carry forward that work which Paul had already started, and to set in order the affairs of the churches which had arisen there. The first thing Paul instructed him to do was to select men who qualified for the work of elders. This is so necessary to the growth of a congregation when there are men who meet the requirements for such an office. Titus was also urged to teach sound doctrine to all classes; the old as well as the young, taking heed meanwhile that he himself is a pattern of good works. To stimulate faith in God’s chosen people and to lead them on to a more complete knowledge of religious truth, in the hope of eternal life was of utmost importance [William A. Wilder, “The Living Message of Titus,” in The Living Messages of the Books of the New Testament, Edited by Garland Elkins and Thomas B. Warren, pp., 244-245].

For a PDF copy of the Study Guides on Titus, click below:

 

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Ten Years of Golden Texts

Golden Texts

Ten years of “golden texts” are found in the 1950-1959 issues of Teacher’s Annual Lesson Commentary. I love these old volumes produced by the Gospel Advocate. A couple of years ago, I created a 112-page document in PDF format designed to help preachers and teachers to search those volumes for Bible texts that were written about in those books. Read about that project and download that PDF by clicking H-E-R-E.

One thing I wish I would have done at that time is to include the GOLDEN TEXTS. I have begun that project and have now completed the 1950s (10 volumes). There are 521 of these golden texts and most of them are clearly identified and usually use up half a page to a full page of writing. I have created a 27-page PDF file which lists those verses with the volume and page number. This will make if possible to use the FIND function on the PDF (control + F) to search the document and find out if a passage you are interested has been dealt with in one of these ten volumes.

To the best of my knowledge, the editors of the 1950 volumes were: Roy H. Lanier, Sr., and Leslie G. Thomas. If you know that is incorrect, please let me know.

Since I originally made the list in Evernote, I used a prefix on each scripture reference: btc (Bible text commentary). You need not use the btc in this PDF, but each reference will be preceded with btc.

Here are some particulars about searching for golden texts in this document…

  • No abbreviations are used (use the full name of each Bible book)
  • No spaces
  • No Roman Numerals
  • I know that each chapter in the Book of Psalms is a psalm, but the name of the book is still Psalms, so that is what I used for Psalms references
  • For the five one-chapter books, I do assign a chapter: e.g., btcObadiah1.15
  • I used no colons, but a period between chapters and verses

You can find this file by clicking H-E-R-E. btcGoldenTexts

Matthew Studies

Matthew

Matthew contains 28 chapters which are so vital for our proper understanding of the Christ. This post links together a set of study guides which includes an introduction to the book and 28 individual study guides for each of the chapters. These are used in connection with our radio program: WALKING IN TRUTH, which is broadcast each Sunday morning at 7:00 (Central Time) on station WCBL, 1290 AM and 99.1 FM, Benton, KY. If you are not in the western Kentucky area, you can listen by means of the TUNE-In app. We began this study of Matthew on 7 February 2016, and it will continue for 28 consecutive Sundays. The study guides will be added as they are completed. Please help us to get the word out about these study guides by using the social media boxes below this post.

Wayne Jackson has this to say about this wonderful book…

… is doubtless the most frequently read narrative in the New Testament. In spite of this, the scope and grandeur of this divine document is probably overlooked by many. Theodor Zahn declared: ‘In grandness of conception and in the power with which a mass of material is subordinated to great ideas, no writing in the New Testament, dealing with a historical theme, is to be compared with Matthew.’ … Each of the Gospel writers, under the divine leading of the Holy Spirit, had his own theme to develop. Each was primarily addressing his narrative to a different class of people. Mark was directed toward the Roman culture of the first century, while Luke’s Gospel was designed to appeal to the Greek mind. John’s account is universal in scope. But Matthew’s narrative is decidedly Jewish in flavor. It is a book written by a Jew for Jews about a Jew! The purpose of the Book of Matthew might be briefly stated thusly: The design of Matthew is to demonstrate (primarily to the Jews, but ultimately to all men) that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament Scriptures and the author of the kingdom of God in which all peoples of the earth may be saved. With great care, the apostle develops this theme [Wayne Jackson, “The Living Message of Matthew,” in The Living Messages of the Books of the New Testament, Editors: Garland Elkins, and Thomas B. Warren, 1976, pp., 34-35].

Individual Study Guides for Matthew:

Introduction to Matthew

Chapter 01     Chapter 02     Chapter 03     Chapter 04     Chapter 05     Chapter 06

Chapter 07     Chapter 08     Chapter 09     Chapter 10     Chapter 11     Chapter 12

Chapter 13     Chapter 14     Chapter 15     Chapter 16     Chapter 17     Chapter 18

Chapter 19     Chapter 20     Chapter 21     Chapter 22     Chapter 23     Chapter 24

Chapter 25     Chapter 26     Chapter 27     Chapter 28

A merged PDF document containing ALL of the above files (341 pages; 17.72 mb) is available by clicking H-E-R-E.

Acts Study Guides

ActsActs is the history book of the church. In June of 2013, we studied this great book on our radio program, WALKING IN TRUTH. At that time, we uploaded study guides for each chapter as we considered the 28 chapters on the radio. Scroll down to find these individual PDF files listed and linked.

 Curtis A. Cates wrote the following about the wonderful Book of Acts… “The Acts of the Apostles is very informative and is of great significance. Furthermore, the position it occupies in the New Testament is unique. The second work addressed to Theophilus by Luke (the first being Luke’s record of the Gospel), Acts, carries history from the ascension of Christ to Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome, following up the book of Luke, which is a narrative of things concerning Jesus the Christ. Acts is an invaluable and indispensable historical link, or bridge between the life of Christ, as recorded in the Gospel records, and the New Testament

Epistles. The information was necessary to give a divinely inspired account of the establishment and phenomenal spread of the primitive church. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John build faith in the Head of the church, Jesus Christ; Acts records the continuing in the apostles’ doctrine and the identity, the organization, the discipline, the persecution, and the endurance of the church. It is truly the capstone, the pivotal book of the New Testament. It is tragic that a lack of understanding and study of this book has led the religious world, for the most part, to fail in their understanding of how to enter the kingdom. The tremendous influence of Christ continued after His terrestrial life was completed. Following His ascension to glory, Christ sent the Holy Spirit, who empowered the apostles with the Gospel and with the ability to confirm the message. Christ had now begun His reign over His kingdom, and the apostles were exercising the keys of entrance thereinto, beginning on Pentecost of Acts 2. The apostles were beginning their task under the great commission, which task was to preach the Gospel to every creature, beginning at Jerusalem (Mt 28.18-20; Mark 16.15-16; Luke 24.47; John 20.30-31). They revealed the answer to man’s universally critical question, “What must I do to be saved?” What tremendous assistance is this book of conversion when the New Testament church in the 21st century labors under the same universal mandate!” [Curtis A. Cates, “Acts—An Introduction,” in Studies in Acts, Editor: Dub McClish, 1985, p. 11ff].

 Study Guides are available for each chapter of Acts:

Chapter 1…  Chapter 2…  Chapter 3…  Chapter 4…  Chapter 5…  Chapter 6…  Chapter 7…  Chapter 8…  Chapter 9…  Chapter 10…  Chapter 11…  Chapter 12…  Chapter 13…  Chapter 14…  Chapter 15…  Chapter 16…  Chapter 17…  Chapter 18…  Chapter 19…  Chapter 20…  Chapter 21…  Chapter 22…  Chapter 23…  Chapter 24…  Chapter 25…  Chapter 26…  Chapter 27…  Chapter 28

Check out this article: Are There Modern-Day Apostles, by Dave Miller

Mark Study Guides

MarkMark, the second book of the New Testament, is the shortest of the four accounts of the Gospel of Christ. The book of Mark is a historical record of the life of Jesus of Nazareth with an emphasis on His works more so than on His words. Mark contains a record of nineteen miracles that Jesus worked, but only four parables are recorded. ‘Of the miracles two are peculiar to Mark, of the parables only one.’ The events found in this book are in rapid succession. There is a sense of swiftness and urgency in the activity of Christ. Twice in the book we are told that the disciples had no time to eat (3:20; 6:31). One Greek word is used forty-one times to express the idea of rapid activity in the book; in English that word appears in seven ways: ‘immediately,’ ‘anon,’ ‘forthwith,’ ‘by and by,’ ‘as soon as,’ ‘shortly,’ and ‘straightway.’ Jesus is portrayed in Mark as hastening with energy from one task to another. … We cannot determine the date of the writing of this book with precision. It is certain that this book was written prior to the destruction of Jerusalem, which occurred in A.D. 70. This is true because of the prophetic warning of Jesus recorded in Mark 13 concerning this event. There is general agreement that the book was written somewhere between A.D. 50 and A.D. 68, probably around A.D. 65. … Omitted from the record of Mark are the birth of Jesus, His genealogy, and His childhood. The Sermon on the Mount is also not mentioned. Though Mark’s book is brief, it is nonetheless full of vivid details not given in the other accounts of the life of Christ  [Lester Kamp, “Mark—An Introduction,” in Studies in Mark, Editor: Dub McClish, 2002, p. 18ff].

Study Guides are available for each chapter of the great Book of Mark:        Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13…    Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16

For a little QUIZ about the writer of this book, go H-E-R-E.

Philemon Study Guide

Study of PhilemonA study of Philemon is our next New Testament Book for the radio program, WALKING IN TRUTH over WCBL, AM1290 and FM 99.1, Benton, KY. Our program is on each Sunday morning at 7:00 (Central time zone). This station can be picked up on the TuneIn Radio App.

Robert R. Taylor, Jr., has this to say about this great NT Book…

“Written around AD. 61 or 62, Philemon is another of Paul’s prison epistles, written from Rome. … Philemon, a personal friend of Paul, was a faithful Christian. Obviously a man of considerable means, he was the owner of the runaway slave Onesimus. Onesimus was the primary purpose for Paul’s writing the letter. A slave to Philemon, Onesimus had abandoned his master and traveled to Rome. There his path crossed with Paul’s and he was converted by the imprisoned apostle. Onesimus became a faithful Christian and a devoted friend, and helper to Paul. The apostle knew that truth and right demanded that Onesimus go back to Philemon. Paul wrote a letter designed to create a bond of brotherhood between the returning Onesimus and the receiving Philemon. Slavery was a burning issue in first-century society. The population of the Roman Empire was about 125 million, of whom half were slaves. How did the newly begun religion handle the moral and economic evil? An immediate head-on confrontation could have been disastrous. Had Christianity promptly demanded an end to slavery upon conversion to Christ, slaves would have gone through a formal acceptance of the Gospel to drop their chains from their hands or feet. Masters would have fought the Gospel and been prejudiced toward its interference with what they deemed personal property. Christianity chose a slower, surer way. Principles permeated human hearts, which in turn softened the bonds of slavery and eradicated it from human society. Till such became a reality, inspired men counseled masters and slaves to respect each other in these economic bonds” [Robert R. Taylor, Jr., Companion, 1992-1993, p. 162].

PHILEMON STUDY GUIDE

You can find a 10-page study guide for the Book of Philemon by clicking H-E-R-E.