Outline of Galatians

Paul’s letter to the Galatians is easily broken into three parts, two chapters each.  The first two chapters deal with personal issues regarding Paul and his authority as an apostle.  Chapters 3-4 discuss doctrinal issues and delve into grace and the law.  The final two chapters deal with practical issues with thirteen commands issued.

Personal: Paul’s defense of his authority – Galatians 1-2

The source of the gospel – Galatians 1:1-10

Paul’s calling – Galatians 1:11-2:10

Paul and Peter disagree on grace – Galatians 2:11-21

Doctrinal: Justification by faith – Galatians 3-4

Foolishness in the law, blessings in faith – Galatians 3:1-9

The curse of the law – Galatians 3:10-14

The purpose of the law – Galatians 3:15-25

Sons, not slaves – Galatians 3:16-4:20

The allegory of Sarah and Hagar – Galatians 4:21-31

Practical: The life of liberty – Galatians 5-6

Hold on the freedom – Galatians 5:1-12

Walk in the Spirit – Galatians 5:13-26

Help others – Galatians 6:1-10

An alternative simple outline of Galatians consists of just breaking the book into three sections concerning how Paul discusses grace in each one.

Grace and the gospel – Galatians 1-2

Grace and the law – Galatians 3-4

Grace and the Christians life – Galatians 5-6

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