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Daily Bible Study

Galatians 2:11-21: Accepting Others

Have you ever felt like avoiding certain types of Christians? Perhaps you don't like their theology. You may disapprove of their lifestyle. Or you may prefer to avoid people of their race, nationality or economic background. This passage helps us see why such attitudes conflict with the basic message of the gospel.

Warming Up to God

We have been justified by faith and are no longer under the law. In this way we have been accepted by God. How does God's acceptance help you feel good about who you are?

Read Galatians 2:11-21

Discovering the Word

  • How were Peter and the other Jews not "acting in line with the truth of the gospel" (vv. 11-14)?
  • How might their actions have forced "Gentiles to follow Jewish customs" (v. 14)?
  • Why is it wrong to make such customs a basis for fellowship (vv. 15-16)?
  • How does Paul refute the accusation that Christ promotes sin (vv. 17-19)?
  • How has Christ enabled us to die to the law and to live for God (v. 20)?

Applying the Word

  • What nonessential customs do Christians sometimes force on each other? (For example, certain ways of praying, certain dress at worship, certain lifestyle habits and so on.)
  • Which of these are you most likely to be concerned about?
  • How can God's acceptance of you help you to be more accepting of others?

Responding in Prayer

Pray for discernment about your own attitudes toward others, asking God to make you more accepting.

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