The grace of God through Jesus and nothing else. That is the good news of our salvation. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are made right with God and set free from the slavery of sin and death. But good news is often hard to believe – it can sound too good to be true – and we can quickly find ourselves looking to other “good” things to find the security and freedom we are offered by gospel.
When did you first hear and understand the gospel? Who told you about it? What difference has it made in your life?
The churches in Galatia were being led to believe that the grace of Christ was not enough and that they had to do more than just receive the grace of Jesus. Has there ever been a time in your life where you felt like you had to do more to be acceptable to God?
Read John 1:12, John 3:16, and Ephesians 2:8-9. What is the gospel?
Why do you think it is so hard for us to accept the good news that salvation in Jesus is absolutely free? Why do we tend to drift back towards trying to earn God’s approval?
Read Galatians 1:8, 9. Why do you think Paul uses such harsh words in reference to those who were “distorting” the gospel?
How can we keep from drifting away from the good news of grace into a distorted gospel? How can we live in the grace and freedom of the good news of Jesus?