Galatians: Redeeming Grace and the Cross of Christ, by Melissa McPhail and Lisa Menchinger (Sophron Studies)
Keri Folmar, Series Editor
Endorsed by Kevin DeYoung, Karen Hodge, and more
Sophron Studies is a reformed, inductive, in-depth approach to the study of God’s word. Sophron (“so-frone”) is the Greek word for a sound mind, self-controlled, and temperate. It is curbing one’s desires and impulses. As believers, we need to be women who study and delight in God and his word, women who train to have a mind centered on God and renewed by truth (Romans 12:1-2).
We’re so glad you’re starting this study of Galatians! This is an inductive study. If this method is unfamiliar to you, don’t worry. This book will provide you with simple directions at every step.
This study is ideal for use in a group setting but can also be helpful for personal Bible study. You will study one portion of Scripture at a time, beginning with the first verse of Paul’s letter to the Galatians and continuing to the end. The Sophron Series approach to Bible study ensures proper context, so in the pages that follow you will not merely study Galatians, you will also see how it fits into other key sections of Scripture.
What will you get out of this study? Much of that depends on you. The Bible is first and foremost about God, and he gave us the Bible so we could know him. Therefore, the proper goal of Bible study is not merely to gain more Bible knowledge. Rather, by that knowledge and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, we come to better know God himself!
So think of your participation in this study as triggering a sowing-and-reaping principle. As we sow the Word of God into our hearts and minds, we advance in sound doctrine, sound thinking, and sound living. We reap a greater knowledge and closer experience of God himself, rejoicing in our hope of eternal life (Titus 1:2) and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:14).
It is our prayer that through this study your roots will begin to grow deep into God’s love and his Word. For roots to grow deep, there must be cultivation—the hard work of tilling, sowing, pruning, and watchfulness. Deep spiritual roots take time, effort, and dependence on Almighty God! Be patient and enjoy your time with the Lord as you interact with Jesus Christ, the Word.
Melissa McPhail and Lisa Menchinger, longtime members of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews NC, are the founders and authors of the Sophron Series.
Lisa has been a Children’s Ministry Director, a Board Member of a Pregnancy Resource Center, and currently serves on the women’s leadership team at Christ Covenant. She has been studying Scripture and teaching women for more than 25 years. She and her husband have three young-adult children and a son-in-law.
Passionate about encouraging women to delight in the Scriptures, Keri runs women’s Bible studies at the United Christian Church of Dubai where she’s privileged to teach fascinating women from every inhabited continent. In addition to the Delighting in the Word Bible study series, she has written The Good Portion: Scripture, a book that encourages women to discover the treasure and enjoy the sweetness of God’s word. Keri is the wife of John, who is the senior pastor of UCCD, and they have three grown children. In a previous life, as chief counsel of House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Keri was staff writer of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.
“I know Melissa and Lisa personally and commend them for their love for the word of God and their commitment to equipping women with the truth of Scripture. They are also excellent students and teachers of the Bible. These studies are full of good insight, good wisdom, and good questions. They will serve the church well.”
— Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church (Matthews, NC), Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed
Theological Seminary (Charlotte)
“Galatians: Redeeming Grace and the Cross of Christ engages the mind and heart of a woman. Its inductive method provides accessible questions and tools that help equip women not only to think biblically about the freedom that Christ offers us in this New Testament epistle, but also the encouragement to live these truths out in the context of community.”
— Karen Hodge, Coordinator of Women’s Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America, and author of Life-Giving Leadership and Transformed: Life-Taker to Life-Giver
“This is a great inductive study through the book of Galatians. It takes you deep into Scripture as you explore the transformative power of the gospel in Paul’s life and his parental affection for the Galatian church. Paul’s ministry reminds us to consider whose approval we are seeking…that of man or God? Through this study you will grow in your understanding of God and his work of justification and sanctification, as well as our adoption into a glorious relationship with him. I commend to you this rich study of the book of Galatians.”
— Teresa Caldwell, Director of Women’s Ministries at Christ Covenant Church (Matthews, NC)
“The stated goal of Galatians: Redeeming Grace and the Cross of Christ is to enable the Bible student to understand sound doctrine which leads to sound thinking, inevitably producing sound living. Thus, the authors intend not so much to teach Scripture as to teach how to study Scripture. In so doing, they help the student develop a reasonable method for understanding the meaning of Scripture. The authors encourage students of the Bible to discover that God’s Word when rightly understood will infallibly lead to the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In doing this they echo Isaiah’s refrain, ‘this is the way, walk ye in it.’ (Isaiah 30:21 KJV)”
— Rev. Michael A. Braun, Th.m.