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Dear Class:


We continued our study of Galatians with a focus on Gal. 3:1-18 in which we saw how Paul uses logic to explain how foolish it is to reject salvation by grace alone in favor of a works-based system.

As the quote from Bob Deffinbaugh in the attached Take Aways says so clearly, God’s strength is perfected in our weakness.  Most of us still fall into the bad habit of trying to please God by working hard at it.  We read our Bible, go to church, join a Bible study group, tithe, pray whenever we think about it, show kindness to strangers, etc., etc., etc.  None of these things are bad, but we shouldn’t do them to please God.  In Psalm 51, David tells us what really pleases God – For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise” Ps 51:16-17.

David understood that unconditional surrender to God’s sovereignty is the sacrifice that pleases Him most.  When we learn to stop trying so hard to “be holy” by virtue of our works and simply get out of the way so that God can direct our thoughts, words, and actions through His in-dwelling Holy Spirit, that’s when we will “be holy” – for God is holy.

Please note that next Sunday, September 23, we will continue our study of Galatians with a focus on Gal. 3:19-4:7 in which Paul speaks about the believer’s adoption into God’s family as a joint heir with Jesus Christ.


In His Service,



Greg Nicholaides
supplementing your faith sunday school class



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