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Galatians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

AGGRESSIVELY CONFRONTING            Page 6

EXTRICATE

** What negative examples have you seen in today's passage, that would cause you to start "Aggressively Confronting" your brother or sister in Christ, if you noticed them doing it today?

1) Hypocrisy - Going against what you know to be true in the Word of God. (V.12)
2) Intimidation - Caving into the peer pressure of others who walk in error. (V.12)
3) Imitation - Following ungodly leaders into their error, instead of taking your stand
on God's truth. (V.13)

DELINEATE

** How did Paul respond to this widespread hypocrisy?

He went to the source! By "Aggressively Confronting" Peter (face to face) in the presence of all, Paul was being bold for the sake of the truth.

** For clarification's sake, does this put us at war with our brothers or sisters? Are we to attack them and hit them over the head with the Holy Spirit's hammer of conviction?

No, this same apostle Paul gives us the pattern for correction. He reasoned with Peter (V.14) and won his respect and future adoration. (cf. Galatians 6:1)

EVALUATE

** We said as we started this second chapter of Paul's letter to the Galatians, that we should imitate the faith of those "who spoke the word of God to" us (Hebrews 13:7). As you consider the comfort zone that you are currently living in, what will be the impact on that comfort if you apply today's passage to your own life?

It is not easy or inexpensive to be "Aggressively Confronting" a brother or sister in Christ. But if they are living in compromise to the truth they know, we must gently and firmly demonstrate our love for them by confronting their error.

ACTIVATE

** Let's ask the Lord for the humility, wisdom and love needed to follow Paul's example.

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