In this passage, Paul begins to execute a blueprint for biblical apologetics. For many believers, justification and apologizing the faith would mean arguing its tenants. From a pharisaical background, Paul would have been at ease doing so. Instead he goes in a completely opposite direction. Instead, he takes a moment to be honest and vulnerable about the fact of God in his life. He begins to tell about his hope by speaking about corroborated facts and shedding light on how they relate to his journey with God. As an Apostle, this was unnecessary, but Paul’s intent wasn’t to philosophically best an opponent. His intent was to win over a brother and to open Galatia’s ears to his admonishment. Too many Christian leaders and authorities address challenges to that authority with aggression and philosophical bantering rather than humble admonition. Paul’s example shows us how simply telling the truth about God in our history can be a better tactic than trying to bust open dissenting doors with our prowess and theological rhetoric.
Posted byJosh McGaryPosted inblogs, Galatians, teachingTags:2022, apologetics, bible, Bible Thoughts, Galatians, paul, testimony
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MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts