Galatians & Philippians
Two letters from Paul to congregations he began show a great contrast:
Galatians addresses a time when the early Christian movement was struggling with its identity and mission. Paul is angry and direct in his “advice”. His passionate effort to solve the problems the Galatians are facing is quite evident.
Philippians presents a very different Paul. It would be easy to imagine that the first European church, comprised of many gentiles would also suffer identity problems. And, this letter finds Paul in prison. However, his message is overwhelmingly concerned with the joy he is experiencing in his belief that the Philippians are continuing to follow his teaching and will, indeed, result with their experience of the peace of God.
Introduction to the Course
Galatians Week 1: Paul's Personal History
Galatians Week 2: Arguments about the Law
Galatians Week 3: An “Allegory” of Hagar and Sarah
Galatians Week 4: Faith Working Through Love
Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians
Philippians Week 1: A Friendly Letter from Prison
Philippians Week 2: A Hymn Celebrating Christ
Philippians Week 3: A Stern Warning
Philippians Week 4: Rejoice, Now and Always