Readings for May 12 to 18

No Longer Jew or Greek, Male and Female
May 12, 2013
Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29

Key Verses: “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:27-28

Time: 50-55 C.E.

Since Last Week: Paul continued to educate the Galatians about what it means to live free in Christ, and to depend on God’s Holy Spirit for the gift of salvation.

Background: Paul referenced a story in which Abraham was recognized by God as righteous (being made right with God) by believing, not by acting. His argument continued that people are saved by grace through faith, not by works of the law.

Community: What stories does your community of faith have that shape who you are as a community? What stories do you want to have shape you? What stories are ready to be laid to rest? How can you write new stories to shape who you are moving forward?

At Home: What stories shape the person you’ve become? Which stories remain buried and want to be told? Who could you share your stories with? How might you rewrite some of your oldest and most painful stories?

Read This Week:
Monday: Hagar and Sarah, Galatians 4:21-5:1
Tuesday: The Nature of Christian Freedom, Galatians 5:2-15
Wednesday: Works of the Flesh, Galatians 5:16-21
Thursday: The Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-26
Friday: Bear One Another’s Burdens, Galatians 6:1-10
Saturday: Final Words and Blessing, Galatians 6:11-18

Next Week: Pentecost, Acts 2:1-4, Galatians 4:1-7


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