Captivated By Christ: Galatians  

Galatians 3:1-5

Church Vision Statement 

We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and a connection to a family who cares.

Ice-Breaker:

  • What is one skill that you wish you had?
    • These are worth your time because people are connecting and you are learning your people.

Read: Galatians 3:1-5

3 You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?2 This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of [b]the Law, or by [c]hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now [e]being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you [f]suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works [g]miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?

Week Review: 

  • Last week, how did God reveal that He uses your thorn for His glory?

Transformation Questions:

  • What was the problem with the Judaizer’s beliefs?
    • The Judaizers were those false believers who came from Jerusalem and tried to convince the Galatians that they had to legalistically adhere to God’s Old Testament law to be truly saved. 
  • The Judaizers believed that Jesus plus works equaled salvation. What are some common forms of “Jesus plus” theologies?
  • How do we receive the Holy Spirit? By rigorous adherence to the law or by faith?
    • We receive the Holy Spirit by putting our faith in the Son of God, not by works of the law. 
  • After salvation, are we expected to keep the law to become perfect and presentable to God on the Day of Judgment?
    • The Spirit saves us, and the Spirit perfects us. Some people really struggle with thinking that after salvation, God’s love and blessings are dependant on their ability to keep the law. 
  • Why do you think that true believers struggle with self-righteousness and feeling like they have life figured out?
  • Why is self-reliance so dangerous for a Christian? 
    • Self-reliance is dangerous because we start believing the Christian life is about our ability to keep the law and our ability to do good. Also, we may start preaching a Gospel of works to the lost and dying world around us.
  • What areas of life do you feel like you struggle the most with self-reliance?
  • Have you ever needlessly suffered because of someone else’s legalism, or have you ever caused someone to suffer because you held to a view of legalism?
  • God using us in other’s lives is a miracle. How do you see God using the Spirit through you in other people’s lives?
    • Help everyone think through how God uses them. Is there a time when you have given counsel to a friend, comforted someone in grief, shared the Gospel with someone, understood something in the Bible and shared it, or contributed to a LifeGroup conversation? There are tons of answers, but I want you to help people understand that the good things they do are not from them but God. Those acts are a miracle because it is the Spirit of God working through them.