Week 4 : Galatians 3:1-6
Life Group Questions:
- What would your response be to Paul’s boldness and direct nature if he was confronting you with these verses?
- Pastor Luke said, “Grace requires nothing of you, only that you accept it.” How would you describe that to someone who doesn’t know Jesus? How would your mentor describe that to you?
- In what ways do you go back to the law and the flesh to work out your faith? Rather than resting on the cross?
- What is the difference between working out your faith in response to what God has done for you and doing things to earn your faith?
- Are there religious traditions that you have followed that have actually pulled you away from following the leading of the Holy Spirit?
- Where do you need to allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life?
- Is there an area of your life that you think you need to “get better in” before God will accept you?
- Week 1:
- Don’t mix up the implications of the gospel with the gospel itself.
- Living in the freedom of Christ means that I live to please God rather than people.
- Week 2:
- Your story begins and ends with Jesus.
- Your story needs to be shared with others.
- Your story is a process.
- Week 3:
- Stop basing your identity on you and start basing your identity on Christ in you.
Sermon Notes and Scripture
The essence in salvation is: YOU IN CHRIST, AND CHRIST IN YOU
You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? Galatians 3:1-4
Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up! Galatians 3:2-4 (The Message)
The irony of the Christian life is that the only ones who get better are those who recognize that their acceptance before God is not conditioned on their getting better.
The essence of transformation is: THE SPIRIT’S WORK IN YOU
5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Galatians 3:5-6