by Donald Cantrell

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Galatians - Calling Clarified at Galatia (1 of 10)
Series: Galatians
Donald Cantrell
Galatians 1:1-24

I - Strategic Introduction (1 - 5)
II - Seething Indictment (6 - 9)
III - Special Induction (10 - 15)
IV - Specific Instructions (16 - 20)
V - Saintly Intentions (21 - 24)

Introduction pertaining to the book of Galatians:

1 - The Penman
2 - The Period
3 - The Place
4 - The People
5 - The Problem

This sermon contains a fully alliterated outline, with sub-points.

Before we get into the doctrinal aspect of the book of Galatians I want to take some time to discuss the penman, the period, the place, the people and the problem that that prodded Paul to write this book.

1 - The Penman

Gal 1:1 KJV - Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

Gal 5:2 KJV - Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

There is no debating the fact that Paul wrote the book of Galatians. In fact Paul was born in Tarsus, a city in the province of Cilicia, which was near the area of Galatia. The book of Galatians is one of thirteen books that Paul authored through divine inspiration.

2 - The Period

''In chap. 2, Paul described his visit to the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15 (see note on 2:1), so he must have written Galatians after that event. Since most scholars date the Jerusalem Council about A.D. 49, the most likely date for Galatians is shortly thereafter.''
John MacArthur

The date of Galatians depends to a great extent on the destination of the letter. There are two main views:

1. The North Galatian theory. This older view holds that the letter was addressed to churches located in north-central Asia Minor (Pessinus, Ancyra and Tavium), where the Gauls had settled when they invaded the area in the third century B.C. It is held that Paul visited this area on his second missionary journey, though Acts co ...

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