(Paul explains how God spoke to him. He explains what he did next.)
Bible verses: Galatians 1:11-24
A word list at the end of each Bible study explains words that have a *star by them. These are more difficult words.
Paul was not a Christian. But then he met Christ.
Paul tells how he received the *good news. This *good news was the truth about Christ. He wants the new Christians in Galatia to know the truth too. And he wants them to be sure. So he tells these new Christians more about himself.
The leaders of the Christians were *Jews. Jerusalem was the most important city for them. In Jerusalem Paul might have met leaders of the Christians.
Instead, after he met Christ Paul went immediately to another place. (this place was called Arabia.) He had received the *good news from God himself. No one was with him. He wanted to learn more from God by himself. He had no other teachers to show him the truth.
After three years, Paul met Peter and James in Jerusalem. Many *people knew that he was now a Christian.
V 11,12 Find 3 ways in which Paul did not hear the truth about Christ.
V12 ~ How did Paul hear about Christ?
V13 ~ What does Paul say about his life before he met Christ? What did he believe? What did he do?
V14 ~ Why did Paul do this?
V15,16 Why did God not allow Paul to continue like this?
V16 ~ What did Paul not do after God changed him? What did he do?
V17 ~ What might this suggest about that which Paul had learnt?
V18 ~ How long was it before Paul met any leaders of the Christians? Which leaders did he meet then?
V19 ~ What important idea does Paul repeat?
V20,21 ~ Christians in places called Syria and Cilicia had never met Paul. But they had heard about him. What had they heard?
V24 ~ The Christians in the places in Syria and Cilicia heard what had happened to Paul. What did they do?
Something to do
Paul had met Christ. And this changed him. Talk about what he lost. Also talk about what he received.
Think about how Christ is changing your life. Make a list. Think about what you hope to add to your list.
God had a special job that he wanted Paul to do for him. There may be something special that God wants you to do for him. Think about this.
Words to explain
Abraham ~ the first leader of the Jews.
good news ~ the news about Christ.
Israel ~ the country where the *Jews lived.
Jew ~ a person who is born from *Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children (*Israel’s *people).
people ~ men and women.
See the other studies in this series: Explore Paul’s letter to the Galatians.