Here is the Restoration Church reading plan for July:
Goal for the month: Read and study through both Galatians and Colossians
Week 1: Read Galatians 2-3 times and “An Introduction to Galatians”
Week 2: Slow down and study one chapter of Galatians a day
Week 3: Read Colossians 2-3 times and “An Introduction to Colossians”
Week 4: Slow down and study one chapter of Colossians a day
"An Introduction to Galatians and Colossians"
Paul’s letter to the Galatians was addressed to a group of churches in Galatia, a region of present-day Turkey. Paul had preached the gospel in these churches. He wrote to counter those who taught that Christians must be circumcised in order to be accepted by God. Paul began with a defense of his apostolic authority (chapters 1-2), then made it clear that all believers, Jews and Gentiles alike, enjoy complete salvation in Christ (chapters 3-4). In chapters 5-6, Paul showed how the gospel of grace leads to true freedom and godly living. Perhaps the central message of Galatians is “a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (2:16). Paul wrote this letter sometime between A.D. 48-55.
Paul wrote to the church in Colossae to fortify it against false teachers who might try to impose strict rules about eating and drinking and religious festivals. Paul shows the superiority of Christ over all human philosophies and traditions. He writes of Christ’s deity (“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” [1:15]) and of the reconciliation He accomplished with His blood. He explains that the right way of living in this world is to focus on heavenly rather than earthly things. God’s chosen people must leave their sinful lives behind and live in a godly way, looking to Christ as the head of the church (1:18). Paul wrote while in prison, probably about the same time he wrote to the Ephesians.