Getting the Gospel Right

This is the third of three summaries of Galatians.

Paul’s letter to the Galatians reminds us that we must get the gospel right—to understand: 1) not only what God requires for us to have a relationship with Him, but also 2) how to live that relationship out on a daily basis.

We must get the gospel right

The gospel is the good news that in spite of our own pervasive sin

(total depravity: sin nature, acts of sin and failure to love)

and apart from our own effort, goodness, ethnic identity or family of origin

we can be declared righteous, based on the substitutionary death of Christ

(justified—given a right standing before God
redeemed—from bondage to sin and the Law
reconciled with God—from the alienation of enemies to acceptance as friends )

by grace through faith

(adopted into God’s family as full heirs, not second class citizens)

resulting in the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit

(empower us to live in practice what we are in position as saints).

With that true clear and our relationship with God secure…

We are free to love God and serve others.


Summaries of Galatians

1. Content overview/review 
Helpful if you are trying to connect the different sections of Galatians to Paul’s overall point.
2. Summary of the argument of the book in light of the problem Paul is addressing
Helpful if you are trying to connect the different sections of Galatians to Paul’s overall point.
3. The role of the gospel in the book of Galatians
Helpful to remind us of the gospel.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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