3/24/19 Sermon Questions

I AM

Part 1

 

Life Group Questions

  1. Even before studying Scripture, what presuppositions do you have about God?
  2. What does the passage we studied this week introduce about who God is?
  3. What did you learn about Yahweh? What does this name reveal about His character?
  4. What can you apply this week?
  5. How can our group pray for you?

Sermon Notes and Scripture

Exodus 2:23-3:15 New International Version (NIV)

23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” 13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.

 

Exodus 20:2-3 New International Version (NIV)

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.

Matthew 1:21 New International Version (NIV)

21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Hebrews 1:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

1In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.  After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

 

Distortion #1 God’s lack of intervention confirms his disconnection

Clarification – God’s involvement is different than modern day understanding.

 

Distortion #2 – God values efficiency

Clarification – God values relationships.

 

Distortion #3 – God’s identity & character is just like mine

Clarification – God’s identity & character inform mine

 

Distortion #4 – We can’t know who God is.

Clarification – Jesus is God revealed to us.

 

3/17/19 Sermon Quetions

GENEROUS

Week 3: II Corinthians 9:6-15

 

Life Group Questions

  • As you grew up, how was money handled in your home?
  • What were you taught about money in your formative years?
  • In the passage we studied this week in 2 Corinthians, what did God teach you about money and His expectations for you?
  • What does this passage teach about His character?
  • Read verse 8. In what ways are you seeing God supply all that you need right now?
  • How have you seen God work through your family’s generosity?
  • How would you describe how God’s call to generosity leads to glorifying Him?
  • What action step are you taking this week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture

 

6 PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL GENEROSITY

  1. GENEROSITY IS A LIFE PRINCIPLE, IT IMPACTS ALL OF LIFE.

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. – 2 Corinthians 9:6

 

  1. GENEROSITY MANAGES THE TENSION BETWEEN A BIBLICAL MANDATE AND MY FREEWILL.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

 

  1. GENEROSITY IS AN ACT OF GIVING BACK TO GOD WHAT HE ALREADY OWNS.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8-9

 

  1. GENEROSITY PROMPTS GOD TO INCREASE OUR OPPORTUNITY FOR GENEROSITY.

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. – 2 Corinthians 9:10

 

  1. GENEROSITY GLORIFIES GOD.

11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. – 2 Corinthians 9:11-13

 

  1. GENEROSITY IS A REFLECTION OF GOD’S CHARACTER.

14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! – 2 Corinthians 9:14-15

 

  • EMERGING generosity – You contribute. You give something. You aren’t just a taker.  You’re a giver.  You want to be involved.
  • FIRST FRUITS generosity – You joyfully and consistently set aside the first portion of your income for the Lord and his work.
  • COURAGEOUS generosity – You are willing to be stretched beyond firstfruits. You respond to opportunities to be sacrificial and impactful.
  • BOUNDLESS generosity – You actively seek out opportunities to be even more generous. You ask God to remove all barriers for maximum kingdom advancement.

 

WAYS THAT PEOPLE CAN GIVE AT THE CHURCH

  • Text to give
  • Offering Plate
  • First Free Rockford App
  • Website

3/10/19 Sermon Questions

GENEROUS

Week 2: Ephesians 4:11-16

 

Life Group Questions

  • How are you using your gifts to go, tell and show the love of God in our city and around the world?
  • Read Ephesians 4: 11-12. Has there been a leader in the church that has encouraged you to step into ministry?
  • Do you know what your spiritual gift is? If you don’t, what would you guess it is?
  • How are you using your spiritual gift for the benefit and protection of the church?
  • If you are a leader in the church right now, who can you be encouraging to step into ministry?
  • What is the purpose of our gifts? (vs. 12)
  • If you are serving in the church, how has your service caused you to step out in faith and trust God more?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. – Ephesians 4:11

 

12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. – Ephesians 4:12-13

 

14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. – Ephesians 4:14-16

 

  1. WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL GIFTS AND HOW DO I KNOW WHAT MINE ARE?

Spiritual gifts are an experience or an ability God has given to you that He uses to build up others.

7But grace was given to each one of us…  12“for the building up of the body of Christ” – Ephesians 4:7, 12

13 until we all attain to… the knowledge of the Son of God – Ephesians 4:13

16 …when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love It’s how Christ ministers to His people, it’s how we experience His power. – Ephesians 4:16

 

  1. WHY IS IT SO CRUCIAL THAT I KNOW WHAT MINE IS?

It’s the same way spiritually. There’s nobody like you. You have gifts, vision, experiences, that drive you that are completely unique that God has given to you!

 

  1. WHY SHOULD I BE INVOLVED IN THE CHURCH?

Because the power of God flows through the church

New Faces Meredith Domanico

New faces at First Free: Meredith Domanico

First Free Rockford is pleased to welcome Meredith Domanico as its new Director of Student Ministries.

Meredith has worked in student ministries for nearly 13 years. She grew up in Libertyville and is looking to relocate to the Rock River Valley as she settles in at First Free. Meredith is married to her husband, Matt, and they have a 13-year-old son, Antonio.

She earned her marketing degree at DePaul University and worked in radio for several years. Additionally, she helped manage a hair salon owned by her sister.

In transitioning to church work, Meredith said, “The Lord just opened a door to ministry.” She started volunteering with students in junior high and high school through her former home church, The Chapel campus in McHenry. That work led to her becoming the student ministries pastor, and her love of working with church members in that younger age range has continued to develop.

“What I love about student ministries is it’s such a real environment. There’s such a desire to be known and in the community together, and to be vulnerable and authentic with each other,” she said. “They ask the hard questions. Once they’re comfortable, they take risks, worship without abandon and invite their friends. I love how we have the opportunity to be the place that looks different than the hallways at school.”

Her involvement with church intensified after college. She recalled attending a Saturday night service many years ago and hearing the voice of God say, “You’ve been coming (to church) – now it’s time to give.”

She was attracted to First Free through interactions with senior leadership, and she was looking for a new challenge.

“I was comfortable where I was at. But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable,” she said. “I met with the senior leadership team here, and we clicked really well. I’ve been letting God really direct me, and things kept getting more and more clear.”

She looks forward to helping build and create new directions for the youth program. “I love to mentor and disciple people, just do life together.”

In addition to regular Sunday and Wednesday student programming, you can find Meredith during her Around Town Tuesdays sessions at local coffee shops and restaurants. She’s doing them twice a month, and they’re a time for students to gather, do homework, and talk about life, school, Jesus – the format is wide open.

3/3/19 Sermon Questions

GENEROUS

Week 1: Mark 8:27-38

 

LIFE GROUP QUESTIONS      

  • Who has set a good example of generosity for you? What did that look like?
  • In terms of generosity, how can you shift your mindset to focus in the things of God rather than on human concerns?
  • In what ways are you more concerned for yourself than what God is up to?
  • How are you sacrificing the ultimate for the immediate?
  • Look at Mark 8:34-38. How do these verses stand in juxtaposition to what our American culture is?
  • What does this passage look like for you to live? How is it convicting you to live for Christ?
  • Is there a way you need to put God’s kingdom before your kingdom?
  • How do you nourish and be sure that your soul is filled with Jesus rather than the things of this world?

 

THE IDEA OF TWO-KINGDOM LIVING

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” 30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. – Mark 8:27-30

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” – Mark 8:31-33

 

FOLLOWING JESUS IS ABOUT SURRENDERING MY KINGDOM FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF HIS KINGDOM.

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. – Mark 8:34

 

WE DISCOVER OUR REAL PURPOSE IN LIVING WHEN WE GIVE OUR LIVES TO JESUS.

35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:35

2/24/19 Sermon Questions

Life in the Spirit

Romans 8:1-17

Life Group Questions

  • What does this passage tell us about the heart of God?
  • Share your testimony with those in your life group. (Read Romans 8:1-2)
  • Read verse 4. What would it look like to live according to the flesh? In contrast, to live according to the Spirit?
  • Share a way our life group can pray for you to stop living in accordance with the flesh, and in that area to start living according to the Spirit. (Remember verse 1 as you do this!)
  • Read Romans 8:5-8 & Romans 12:1-2. How does your mind play into living in the Spirit? How have you seen that this week?
  • Read verse 6. Where do you see that life and peace?
  • When you become a child of God, what changes as you enter into the family of God? (vs. 12-17)
  • Pastor Luke shared an illustration about adoption in this sermon. Did that have an effect on you and what the term adoption means in Scripture?

Sermon Notes and Scripture

“This is one of the great chapters of the Bible… It begins with “no condemnation”, and ends with “no separation.””

 

  1. LIVING IN THE SPIRIT IS A LIFE THAT IS FREED.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh,in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. – Romans 8:1-4

  1. LIVING IN THE SPIRIT IS A MIND THAT IS TRANSFORMED.

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. – Romans 8:5-8

  • The Sinful Nature:
    • The mind of the sinful person is death (v. 6)
    • Their mind is hostile to God (v. 7)
    • Their mind is controlled by the sinful nature (v. 8)
    • The mind of a sinful person cannot please God (v. 8)
  • The Spirit:
    • Their mind is set on what the Spirit desires (v. 5)
    • The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace (v. 6) ‘

2 Corinthians 10:5

We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:5

Romans 12:2

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. – Romans 12:2

  1. LIVING IN THE SPIRIT IS LIVING A NEW LIFE.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. – Romans 8:9-11

  1. LIVING IN THE SPIRIT IS LIVING IN A NEW FAMILY.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Romans 8:12-17

 

“God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” – Romans 8:14-15

 

 

2/17/19 Sermon Questions

FREED

Week 7: Galatians 6:1-18

 

Life Group Questions

  • As we finish the study of the book of Galatians, what has God impressed upon you? What themes stand out to you?
  • Read Galatians 6. What truths is Paul trying to communicate as he closes out this letter?
  • Read Galatians 6:1-5. How can our life group carry one another’s burdens better?
  • How can our life group better walk alongside of each another in our sins?
  • What can you apply from the “reap and sow” principle found in verses 7-10?
  • Read verse 10. How do you spot these opportunities and be on the lookout for them? Share a time you did this, or someone did good for you.
  • Who are you pointing to Jesus? How can our life group pray for that relationship?
  • What have you been given that the Lord wants you to use as a blessing to others?
  • How are you allowing your life to be a testament to God’s grace?

           

Sermon Notes and Scripture

  1. FREED TO BEAR THE BURDENS OF OTHERS.

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. – Galatians 6:1-5

 

  1. FREED TO DO GOOD FOR OTHERS.

Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. – Galatians 6:6-10

 

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke 12:48b

 

  1. FREED TO POINT OTHERS TOWARDS JESUS.

11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand! 12 Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God. 17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen. – Galatians 6:11-18

2019 Community Choir Festival

First Free Rockford Hosts Community Choir Festival Experience

Event caters to both singers and the public

ROCKFORD, Ill. (Feb. 7, 2019) – First Free Rockford invites singers and the public to worship through music and song during its annual Community Choir Festival taking place this month.

Singers, who need not have a choir affiliation, will practice together on Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23. They will then present a free concert that’s open to the public at 6 p.m. Feb. 23.

Dr. Gary Bonner, an internationally recognized conductor and trainer of conductors, will lead the rehearsals and the performance. First Free is excited to host the event to bring together singers from across the region, said festival coordinator Renee Cooper, First Free’s Classic Worship Director.

“Church choirs aren’t what they used to be – a reflection of the resources needed to run them and the amount of time people have to be part of them,” Cooper said. “We are so blessed to have a choir here at First Free, and we want to encourage anyone who loves to sing to be part of a choir again.”

Choir members will practice and learn about a dozen songs – a process Cooper called challenging, exciting and fun. Bonner chooses the music, which is typically a mix of traditional and contemporary Christian songs.

“It pushes people out of their comfort zones,” she noted of the experience. “You don’t have to be a great reader of music, though. It’s amazing what you pick up with the group around you. We laugh a lot, have fun and work hard.”

The event is expected to draw singers and attendees from around the Midwest. Rehearsals are scheduled from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23.

Rehearsals and the performance will take place at First Free Rockford, 2223 N. Mulford Road. Cost to participate as a singer is $30 for adults and $20 for students, which includes lunch on Saturday. Admission to the performance is free.

Register online at the EventBrite page. Call Renee Cooper at 815-877-7046 or email her with any questions.

2/10/19 Sermon Questions

FREED

Week 6:  Galatians 5:1-26

 

Life Group Questions

  • How would you answer this question: “What role has the Holy Spirit played in your spiritual development?”
  • Read Galatians 5:6 &13-14. What does these verses say is the only thing that counts? How would you describe that to another believer? Or someone who doesn’t know Jesus?
  • What are the differences between acting out of the flesh and acting in step with the Spirit? In what ways are they at conflict with each other? (vs.19-26)
  • Check out all of the differences between the walks in verses 19-26. Compared to this list, share a way you are walking by the flesh right now. How about a way you are walking by the Spirit?
  • Pastor Luke gave several ways in which we can walk by the Spirit. How have those ways helped you grow in a practically in your relationship with God?
  • Where in your life do you need to be reminded of Christ’s faithfulness?
  • How has faith in the gospel produced love in your life?

      

Sermon Notes and Scripture

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! – Galatians 5:1-12

 

FOLLOWERS OF JESUS ARE FREED FROM THE EXTERNAL CONTROL OF THE LAW THROUGH THE INTERNAL POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. – Galatians 5:13-26

 

THE SCOOP ON FRUIT:

  1. HEALTHY FRUIT COME FROM DEEP ROOTS.
  2. YOU ARE ONLY AS MATURE AS YOUR MOST IMMATURE FRUIT.
  3. WALKING IN THE SPIRIT IS THE WAY TO AVOID THE LUSTS OF THE FLESH, NOT VICE VERSA.

 

 

2/3/19 Sermon Questions

FREED

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?

 

Sermon Scripture

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. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 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