As we continue our look at Galatians we find Paul and Peter in the midst of an awkward situation at the Antioch church supper. The way in which Paul addressed the situation will highlight not only the need for Jesus in our lives, but also the futility of rule keeping for salvation. Paul says he has been crucified with Christ, but what does that really mean for us?
Can you recall a time in your life when you had to stand up for what you thought was right at the risk of looking awkward or even rude? Explain. What was it about your conviction that was so important?
The heart of Paul’s words to Peter in Galatians 2:14-16 was freedom from Jewish law in the gospel for all people. Can you think of the ramifications had Paul remained silent here, in the presence of so many early church leaders? What may have happened?
Do you align yourself more with the Paul who speaks here, the Peter he is addressing, the crowd listening? Or more often than not, do you find yourself having the conviction of Paul without the courage to speak? Who can you relate to most and why?
From where should we get our ultimate approval? Where does Paul tell us this?
How will your justification before God direct your steps?