Captivated By Christ: Galatians
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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.
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Read: Galatians 3:14-4:11
2 Look! I, Paul, tell you that if you have yourselves circumcised, Christ will be of no benefit to you. 3 And I testify again to every man who has himself circumcised, that he is obligated to keep the whole Law. 4 You have been severed from Christ, you who [a]are seeking to be justified by the [b]Law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we, [c]through the Spirit, [d]by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love.
7 You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you.9 A little [e]leaven leavens the whole lump of dough. 10 I have confidence [f]in you in the Lord, that you will adopt no other view; but the one who is disturbing you will bear the punishment, whoever he is. 11 But as for me, brothers and sisters, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? Then the stumbling block of the cross has been eliminated. 12 I wish that those who are troubling you would even [g]emasculate themselves.
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only donot turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the desire of the flesh is against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, in order to keep you from doing whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior,20 idolatry, witchcraft, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who [h]belong to Christ Jesus crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit as well. 26 Let’s not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
- Do you feel like you spent quality time with God this week lingering in prayer?
- Have you ever had a Christian brother or sister lovingly call you out when you were walking in the flesh?
- How did you initially receive the feedback?
- Was it for your good?
- Have you ever called out a brother or sister in the faith for living in the flesh? How did that situation end? Do you feel afraid or uncomfortable to call out sin?
- In the deeds of the flesh listed in vs. 19-21, which ones do you believe are most pervasive in believers right now?
- In the deeds of the flesh, which do you find yourself having to fight the most?
- We believe once we are saved we are always saved because we are made a new creation and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, not even our sin. We call this perseverance of the saints. Why does Paul spend so much time challenging their faith in the book? Why does Paul explain to them the fruits of the Spirit verses the deeds of the flesh?
- Paul does this because he wants them to look at the conduct of their action or their fruit to see if they are in fact saved. If they are not saved he does not want to lead them to hell. Paul wants them to have the opportunity to repent and believe instead of trusting in a false sense of salvation.
- Why do you think Paul calls the bad things the deeds of the flesh and the good things fruit of the Spirit?
- The deeds of the flesh come from our fallen nature. The fruits of the Spirit come from the Spirit of God working through us, this is our new nature at work.
- Look at the fruit of the Spirit in 22-23. Which aspect of the fruit of the Spirit do you feel is the most evident in your life?
- Which fruit of the Spirit do you feel like you struggle with the most?
- Have you had the opportunity to talk to a lost person about Jesus this week?
- The holidays are coming. Let’s think about how we can leverage the season to identify, invite, invest, and pray for people.
- Go around the room: Who are some people you can identify in your life right now that do not know Jesus?
- Pray for the names.
- Go around the room: What is one thing that you will do this week to invest in that relationship or what is one thing you can do to get them closer to Jesus; either inviting them to Church, sharing a sermon, or inviting them personally to know Christ.