Chapter Two, Lesson One
AVOIDING COMPROMISE Page
V. 2 (Cont'd.)
** Why is that such an issue with Paul?
Because Paul knew that he had apostolic authority and was looking for
the apostles in Jerusalem to back him in what he had been preaching.
Remember, the Judaizers had gone into Antioch without the backing of
the Jerusalem church leaders to cause people to accept their "different
gospel" of salvation by works. cf. Acts 15:23-24
** What does Paul mean when he says that he feared he "might be
running, or had run, in vain"?
If those of reputation in the church in Jerusalem were soft on the
Judaizers' works-righteousness gospel and if they failed to back Paul,
it would undermine all of his work over the past 14 years.
V. 3 ** In light of the "salvation" controversy, what
is significant about the description of Titus?
He was a Greek (pure Gentile) in the middle of Jewish Christians.
** Do you think that Titus wanted to compromise the gospel, because of
the peer pressure that would have been present through the Judaizers?
Absolutely not! Titus was not "compelled" to be circumcised.
The word compelled [anagkazo] means to "necessitate, force or press
tight" and Titus did not cave in while he was under tremendous
pressure to comply. The Judaizers' whole program was, "Unless you
are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved"
Here is the first principle designed to equip us for "Avoiding
1) Do not give in to peer pressure, but rather use it to strengthen
Paul, Barnabas and Titus were "Avoiding Compromise" by taking
their stand on the gospel of Jesus Christ as it had been presented to
the apostle by Jesus Himself!
V. 4 ** According to Paul, who was attacking the freedom that
Christians enjoy in Christ?
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