Typically, I don’t write much on these blogs about how I teach; mainly I just describe what I’m teaching and why I’m doing it. But this week I feel the need to explain how I will teach this lesson, and I feel that way mainly because this particular part of Galatians can be a bit difficult to understand without some familiarity of God’s covenants with Abraham and Israel. So, this week, to simplify the lesson I’ll be comparing and contrasting Paul’s answer to “seeming problem” of the Mosaic Law up against the false ideology of his day and how many of the Galatians were thinking/believing. In doing so, I’ll show how the Gospel is the only possible solution to how we as sinners can be guilty of breaking God’s law but still keep the law through faith in God’s promises and Jesus Christ. Likewise, I’ll show how an understanding of works-based salvation cannot solve this problem and actually leaves people broken and enslaved to the idea that they can please God with their works.
In short, I want our students to see the Gospel this week. And I want them to know that the Law of God is crucially important to the Gospel message, and it is not something that we should reject.
This message is incredibly important for our youth today for two reasons: 1) many churches today are actually teaching the message that the Mosaic Law and Old Testament “aren’t really for Christians anymore”. Nothing could be farther from the truth, and we want to guard our students from such a message. And 2) the message that people can please God by works is still very much alive today. We want to work how to teach and show our students that only FAITH in Jesus Christ alone is pleasing to God. We then want them to know that our faith leads to faithful obedience…but that our actions of attempted obedience without faith will never please God.
Please pray for our students as they receive this lesson! Pray that students will hear the Gospel and be saved, and pray that our saved students will be sanctified by God’s Word!