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Galatians 3:15-29: Exposing Our Needs

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Galatians.

"Honey," Jill called out, "you'd better call the repairman. Our TV is on the blink again."

"Who needs a repairman!" Ron replied confidently. "I can fix this myself."

Four hours later. "There, that should do it." As he plugs it in, there's a loud buzzing noise, smoke rises from the TV, the lights begin to flicker, then darkness blacks out the room.

"Uh . . . maybe you're right, dear," Ron said sheepishly. "I suppose calling a repairman couldn't hurt."

People must admit they need help before they can receive it. Yet often this is very difficult. In Galatians 3:15-29 Paul tells us how God exposes our need for Christ.

Warming Up to God

What needs are pressing on you right now? Give them to God one by one.

Read Galatians 3:15-29

Discovering the Word

  • Why is the law unable to set aside or add to the promises spoken to Abraham (vv. 15-18)?
  • If the law did not set aside or add to the promises given to Abraham, then why was it given (vv. 19-25)?
  • How does a clear grasp of God's law help us to realize our need for Christ (vv. 22-25)?
  • In verse 28 Paul lists several ways in which people have been categorized. How have these categories sometimes functioned as barriers?
  • In light of the context, how have these barriers been broken down in Christ?

Applying the Word

  • When is it difficult for you to admit to God that you have a need or problem?
  • When is it difficult for you to ask others for help?
  • What would help you allow both God and others to help you?

Responding in Prayer

Ask God to help you put aside your pride and expose your needs to him and to your Christian friends and church family.