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Law & Grace_God's Calling

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Paul goes out of his way in Galatians 1:11-24 to emphasize that he was called by Jesus Himself, not by one of the Apostles. His calling has the same standing as theirs… a direct invitation from Jesus. We quickly see that Paul operates independently of the other apostles, but it is not an unhealthy independence. He does consult with Peter and the others and they recognize the legitimacy of his message. An interesting part of Paul’s autobiographic description of these early years of his preparation is a three-year period of time spent in “Arabia.” He was not in Saudi Arabia, but rather in the Nabatean kingdom which included many important Gentile population centers east of the Jordan River. When Jesus ministered in the Decapolis, he was ministering in this same region. This is not only a time where Paul reflects upon the gospel and hones his message of grace. It is also a time where he likely honed his skills in communicating the gospel to Gentiles. It is this time that, in part, accounts for his effectiveness during His missionary journeys. There are a couple of lessons for us. First, to properly discern God’s call upon your life and live into that calling. Secondly, to take time to be equipped and hone, by God’s grace, the skills that you will need to be effective.

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Law & Grace_God's Calling

  1. 1. LAW & GRACE A Study in Galatians
  2. 2. This Week God’s Calling Decline Accept MessageRemind Me
  3. 3. First Point The Gospel is not man’s gospel because no man is worthy to create it. Galatians 1:11-14
  4. 4. LAW & GRACE Paul’s “worthy” credentials •Paul was zealous for his “ism”. Ἰουδαϊσμός/ Judaismos Only occurs in Galatians 1:13 and 14
  5. 5. LAW & GRACE Paul’s “worthy” credentials • Paul was zealous for his “ism”. •Paul was “valedictorian” of His Torah School.
  6. 6. Second Point Sharing the Gospel is a divine calling that requires a developed skill. Galatians 1:15-17
  7. 7. LAW & GRACE Paul’s “set apart” calling ‫פרושים‬ Perushim Separated Ones
  8. 8. LAW & GRACE Paul in Arabia •Where in “Arabia” was Paul?
  9. 9. LAW & GRACE
  10. 10. LAW & GRACE Paul in Arabia • What was Paul doing during his 3 years in Arabia?  Contemplation and study?  Active gospel ministry?
  11. 11. Third Point God uses our gospel testimony to transform others and bring Him glory. Galatians 1:18-24
  12. 12. LAW & GRACE Paul’s visit with Peter and James • What was Paul’s purpose in this brief visit? To gain apostolic approval for his gospel message?
  13. 13. LAW & GRACE Paul’s visit with Peter and James • What was Paul’s purpose in this brief visit? To gain apostolic approval for his gospel message? To gain Peter’s perspective?
  14. 14. LAW & GRACE Things Your Calling is Not – Ivan Mesa 1. Your calling is not for you. 3
  15. 15. LAW & GRACE Things Your Calling is Not – Ivan Mesa 1. Your calling is not for you. 2. Your calling is not from you. 3
  16. 16. LAW & GRACE Things Your Calling is Not – Ivan Mesa 1. Your calling is not for you. 2. Your calling is not from you. 3. Your calling is not future tense. 3
  17. 17. LAW & GRACE A Study in Galatians

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