Captivated By Christ: Galatians
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.
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Read: Galatians 3:14-4:11
19 Why the Law then? It was added on account of the violations, having been ordered through angels at the hand of a mediator, until the Seed would come to whom the promise had been made. 20 Now a mediator is not for one party only; but God is only one. 21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? Far from it! For if a law had been given that was able to impart life, then righteousness ]would indeed have been based on law. 22 But the Scripture has confined everyone under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the Law, being confined for the faith that was destined to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our guardian to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 26 For you are all sons and daughters of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.
4 Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave, although he is owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. 3 So we too, when we were children, were held in bondage under the elementary principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons and daughters. 6 Because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba! Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
8 However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles, to which you want to be enslaved all over again? 10 You meticulously observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.
- As you read your Bible this week, did you think about how the covenants affected the passage you read? Do the covenants help you see the work of Christ more clearly?
- What was the most frustrating rule that you were given as a kid, but now you see it was for your good?
- See verse 25. Explain how the law is our guardian.
- Point them to verse 24. The purpose of the law is to point us to Jesus and show us that we stood condemned before God. The law is a good thing because it shows us our need for Jesus.
- How would you characterize your relationship with God, as a child or a servant? (Neither answer is wrong, both can be found in the New Testament.) Do you feel like God is a parent who truly loves you and wants to know you, or do you feel like God bought you at a price and expects you to go get to work?
- What does it mean that you can cry, “Abba,” which means Father?
- What kind of people do we (our LifeGroup) need to be reaching in Ennis, the city God has given us to reach?
- Lots of evangelism is come-and-see, for instance, “Come and see our Sunday morning services.” We want to move from a come-and-see culture to an invitation culture, for instance, “Come with me.” How can you change your outreach strategy to an invitation of come with me?
- Come to my house; come to church with me; come to LifeGroup with me; come to lunch with me; and the list could go on.
- Who can you start inviting?
- How can you start investing in those people?
- Let’s invest now by praying for them by name.
- Take the names down and pray for each of them individually. Send out a group message and text them around Wednesday. Check to see how they have intentionally been investing in the people by prayer and investing time in them by starting conversions or whatever.