(Peter himself has not done what is right)
Bible verses: Galatians 2:11-22
A word list at the end of each Bible study explains words that have a *star by them. These are more difficult words.
Peter had been one of Jesus’ special friends. Now he was an important leader and teacher. At the beginning Peter did what was right. But later he did not do what was right. And then other Christians agreed with him.
This was in Antioch. This was part of the country that now we call Syria. Most *people in Antioch were from the country called Greece. Some of these *people became Christians. But some *Jews thought that the new Christians should obey the *Jewish rules. The *Jewish rules said that *Jews and *Gentiles should not eat together. Wrong teachers also wanted to *circumcise Christians who were *Gentiles.
Now Christ has come. And Paul explains why Christians do not need
to obey the *Jewish rules.
V11 ~ Paul was angry with Peter. What did Paul do?
V12 ~ What had Peter done? Why had he changed his actions?
V13 ~ Other Christians saw what Peter did. What did they do?
V14 ~ What does Paul say about *Gentiles and the *Jewish rules?
V15,16 ~ Who gave the Jewish rules? What can these rules not do?
V16 ~ How do we become right with God?
V17 ~ Do we never do wrong when we become right with God?
V18 ~ Even when we try to obey the rules, still we do wrong things. What seems to be the purpose of the rules for a Christian?
V19 ~ What does Paul say is the result of the rules?
V20 ~ Choose three important ideas from these important words.
V21 ~ Did Christ need to die? Why did God let this happen?
V22 ~ Paul says that the rules cannot make anyone right with God.
So why did God give the rules to the *Jews?
Something to do
Paul talked to Peter when he did wrong. Talk about the way he did this. Talk about what we can learn from this.
Some rules you have to obey – at work, when you drive and so on. Talk about this, and whether you always obey the rules. Talk about why the rules are there.
Read v 20 again. Think about your life. If Christ lives through you this week, he will guide all your thoughts and actions. Think about what might be different.
Words to explain
Abraham ~ the first leader of the Jews.
circumcise ~ to cut off the skin from the end of a boy’s or a man’s sex part. It was a mark to show that *Israel’s *people had agreed to obey God.
Gentile ~ a person who does not belong to *Israel’s *people.
Israel ~ the country where the *Jews lived.
Jew ~ a person who is born from *Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children (*Israel’s *people).
Jewish ~ what belongs to a *Jew.
People ~ men and women.
See the other studies in this series: Explore Paul’s letter to the Galatians.