Galatians is a letter from the Apostle Paul to the members of the Christian Church in Galatia, most of whom were Gentiles. As you study this book, remember that it was usually read to them, and none of them had copies that they could review and study at will. If you had just heard this book read to you, what pieces would you remember? What is the overall tone of the book?
In Galatians, Paul says some things that are very hard-hitting. He calls the Galatian members stupid. He says he wishes those who are trying to require circumcision would slip with the knife and emasculate themselves. Can a Christian talk like that? Aren’t we supposed to be nice and affirming?
Paul also damns to Hell any who preach a different Gospel than the one he originally brought to them. What was that Gospel? Are we still being true to the preaching of it?
Finally, my favorite definition of love is “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” Does Paul’s attitude in this book reveal love for the Galatians?
Short Outline of the Book of Galatians from the Today's English Version: