The Message of Galatians
The Message of Galatians
  • Length: 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: January 05, 2021
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2424-3
  • Item Code: 2424
  • Case Quantity: 56

To enclaves of young converts in the mountains of Asia Minor, Paul wrote what is perhaps the oldest document in the New Testament—the letter to the Galatians. Paul's readers were struggling with numerous issues: How were men and women to be put right with God? Among a variety of religious authorities espousing different teachings, how were they to know who was right? How could Christians in the midst of a pagan culture live lives truly pleasing to God?

Only one way, answered Paul: through Jesus Christ. In this volume, John Stott helps us understand the message of Galatians and how it holds true in the face of current challenges to our faith. Guiding readers passage by passage through Galatians, he provides helpful background, highlights key themes, and offers applications for Christians today.

This revised edition of a classic Bible Speaks Today volume features a new interior design, updated Scripture quotations, and light updates throughout.


General preface
1. The apostle Paul’s authority and gospel (1:1–5)
2. False teachers and faithless Galatians (1:6–10)
3. The origins of Paul’s gospel (1:11–24)
4. Only one gospel (2:1–10)
5. Paul clashes with Peter in Antioch (2:11–16)
6. Justification by faith alone (2:15–21)
7. The foolishness of the Galatians (3:1–9)
8. The alternatives of faith and works (3:10–14)
9. Abraham, Moses and Christ (3:15–22)
10. Under the law and in Christ (3:23–29)
11. Once slaves, but now children (4:1–11)
12. The relation between Paul and the Galatians (4:12–20)
13. Isaac and Ishmael (4:21–31)
14. False and true religion (5:1–12)
15. The nature of Christian freedom (5:13–15)
16. The flesh and the Spirit (5:16–25)
17. Shared Christian relationships (5:26—6:5)
18. Sowing and reaping (6:6–10)
19. The essence of the Christian religion (6:11–18)
A review of the epistle
Study guide

John Stott

John R. W. Stott (1921–2011) has been known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry. A leader among evangelicals in Britain and the United States and around the world, Stott was a principal framer of the landmark Lausanne Covenant (1974).

Stott's many books have sold millions of copies around the world and in dozens of languages. His best-known work, Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than sixty languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian, and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.

Whether in the West or in the Majority World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen's New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors, and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.

Browse all of John Stott's books and learn more about how IVP and other publishers are commemorating Stott's one hundredth birthday. You can also view the Stott100 site from Langham Partnership.