Gospel + ?

At the beginning of the book to the Galatians, Paul highlights a problem that the church in Galatia is having.  Someone has been leading them astray and adding to the gospel.  The effect of this is that a new gospel is being preached.  Any addition to the simple truth that Jesus saves by faith is enough to change the true gospel to falsehood.

There is no new-and improved gospel.  the means of communicating the message may be culturally changed.  The media used to communicate the gospel can be 21st Century.  the gospel itself is unchanging.

Glalatians 1:1-10

 1 Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers and sisters[a]with me,

   To the churches in Galatia:

 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

 10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Questions

  1. How does Paul introduce himself?
  2. What astonishes Paul?
  3. Can the gospel be added to?  How?
  4. How have churches that you know lost their way?
  5. In what ways do people add to the gospel?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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