Study Guide

Galatians, Philippians, and Philemon Power

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When you think of power, what do you imagine? Money? Big houses? Fast cars? Being crucified as a criminal?

Oh. The last one is just Paul's idea of power. For him, power and authority are found in lowering yourself. Anyone who hangs onto what the world asks of him will be in trouble. Anyone who follows God will go from zero to hero in no time at all. We're guessing Paul really dug that whole "the meek shall inherit the Earth" thing.

Questions About Power

  1. Paul is pretty clear that his power comes from God. But does this idea invite chaos? Do we need human leaders to verify exactly what God thinks is right and wrong? Or is everyone on their own?
  2. Why is the crucifixion such an important image for Paul?
  3. Does the promise to bring power to the powerless make Christianity more appealing to the poor and marginalized?

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