Week 5: Galatians 3:19-4:9
Life Group Questions
- Pastor Luke has said many times throughout this sermon series that “You cannot mix up the implications of the gospel with the gospel itself.” Are there areas of your life that you have been able to identify during our study on Galatians in which you do this? What now? How can you see transformation in those areas?
- What has God been teaching you and calling you to in this study of Galatians?
- Look back in what we have studied thus far in Galatians. Point out different ways in which you see Paul attacking the law. What do you do with that?
- What purpose did the law have? (Galatians 3:19-22)
- Look at Paul’s analogy of age in Galatians 4:1-7. How does that apply to the law and faith? What is he communicating?
- How does the gospel free us and motivate us to love God and others?
- Are there any areas of your life that you are living according to the law and not allowing God to change you? How can our group pray for you this week in regards to this?
- Pastor Luke made this statement, “THE GOSPEL IS NOT: CHANGE AND GOD WILL ACCEPT YOU. THE GOSPEL IS: GOD HAS ACCEPTED YOU, SO YOU’RE FREED TO CHANGE.” How are you wrestling with that this week?
19 Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20 A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one. 21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.22 But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. 23 Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. – Galatians 3:19-29
What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. 2 The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. 3 So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. 4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. 6 Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? – Galatians 4:1-9