Galatians: Gospel-Rooted Living

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What do you do when you’ve made a mess of things? Where do you go when you’ve blown it badly? How does the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ empower us to combat things like hypocrisy, pride, people-pleasing, and apostasy? Paul’s letter to the Galatians tells us what we need to know in these situations as he teaches us how to rely upon costly grace.

In this fresh and engaging commentary, pastor Todd Wilson invites us to look beneath the surface of controversy in Galatia to the even more fundamental issue at stake: gospel-rooted living. Combining scholarly depth with practical wisdom, he offers us a soulful commentary based on years of ministry experience and biblical reflection. Read Galatians anew with this exegetically engaged, theologically informed, and pastorally minded resource!

Part of the Preaching the Word series.

About the Author

Todd Wilson (PhD, Cambridge University) serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. Todd has spent over a decade in pastoral ministry, previously serving on staff at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the cofounder and chairman of the Center for Pastor Theologians, a ministry dedicated to resourcing pastor theologians. Todd and his wife, Katie, have seven children.


“Todd Wilson’s exposition of Galatians admirably meets the goals of the Preaching the Word series. Wilson knows all the issues in this letter and treats them with remarkable fairness, always making clear just what the text is communicating to God’s people today.”
Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College

“I am deeply persuaded about the importance of exposition and the need for application and all the main things of sermon preparation. And there is a ton of info out there on how to interpret and outline a passage and settle on the big idea, but so much of it is not reliable. That’s why I recommend this commentary on Galatians from my friend Todd Wilson. Biblical. Solid. Trustworthy.”
James MacDonald, Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, Illinois; author, Vertical Church

“Todd Wilson has written a deeply pastoral and theologically competent commentary on Galatians that is an exemplary effort at Biblical exposition. There are some doozy passages in Galatians, especially on the Law, and Wilson provides a plain explanation and then shows readers how these texts relate to modern Christian living. A wonderful synergy of homiletical energy and honest exegesis.”
Michael F. Bird, Lecturer in Theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia; author, Evangelical Theology

Table of Contents

1.  Go Back to Grace (1:1–5)
2.  Apostolic Astonishment! (1:6–9)
3.  People-pleaser or Servant of Christ? (1:10)
4.  You Are Your Best Argument (1:11–24)
5.  Seeing Grace (2:1–10)
6.  Remembering the Poor (2:10)
7.  Staying in Step with the Truth of the Gospel (2:11–14)
8.  The Truth of the Gospel (2:15, 16)
9.  Cruciformity: The Shape of Gospel-Rooted Living (2:17–21)
10. There’s Only One Way to Finish (3:1–5)
11. Abraham’s Blessing (3:6–9)
12. Clearing the Way for God’s Blessing (3:10–14)
13. Why Then the Law? (3:15–22)
14. Heirs According to Promise (3:23–29)
15. Adoption as Sons (4:1–7)
16. Turning Back Isn’t the Way Forward (4:8–11)
17. Imitation Is the Solution, Part 1 (4:12)
18. Imitation Is the Solution, Part 2 (4:12–20)
19. Children of the Free Woman (4:21–31)
20. What Ultimately Counts? (5:1–6)
21. Free to Run (5:7–12)
22. Through Love Serve One Another (5:13–15)
23. The Sufficiency of the Spirit (5:16–26)
24. Burden Bearing, Part 1: Spiritual Restoration (6:1–5)
25. Burden Bearing, Part 2: Pay Your Pastor (6:6–10)
26. Boast Only in the Cross (6:11–18)

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Weight 562 g
Dimensions 229 × 152 × 19 mm

Wilson, Todd, (Author), Hughes, R. Kent, (Series Editor)

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Crossway (2013), Edition: 1, 288 pages

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