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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

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

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

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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

 

 

 

1/27/19 Sermon Questions

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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?

 

RECAP

  • 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. 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? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 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

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? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”   Galatians 3:5-6

 

 

1/20/19 Sermon Questions

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Week 3: Galatians 2:11-21

 

Life Group Questions

  • As a group, spend some time summarizing what we have learned so far in Galatians.
  • What has God taught you personally through the study in Galatians?
  • In what way has the community and accountability of our life group kept you from straying from God?
  • Read Galatians 2:15-16. What is Paul trying to drive home to his readers?
  • How did Pastor Luke’s diagram help you understand what justification and sanctification are? What did you learn and how are these truths game changers in understanding your walk with Christ?
  • Read Galatians 2:19-21. Are there ways in which, even if you’re not actively thinking of it, that you are trying to earn God’s grace in your life?
  • How do you see God’s heart and character in this passage in Galatians?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture

11 When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group13 The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. 14 When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? 15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. 17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker. 19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” – Galatians 2:11-21

 

STOP BASING YOUR IDENTITY ON YOU AND START BASING IT ON CHRIST IN YOU.

You see,

  • You may feel abandoned, but in Christ, you are loved by God.
  • You may feel condemned, but in Christ, you are spotless and above reproach.
  • You may feel down on your luck, but in Christ, you are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, all the promises of God are yes in Christ Jesus, and all things work together for good.
  • You may feel neglected by others, but in Christ, you have been chosen by God. Not a hair… goodness and mercy… he knows the plans he has for you…
  • You may feel defeated by temptation, but in Christ, you have died to sins power, and Christ now lives through you.
  • You may feel dead and lifeless, but in Christ, you have resurrection life coursing through your veins.
  • You may feel like you aren’t making any difference in life, but in Christ, you are raised with Jesus and seated in the heavenly places, and he has blessed you to be a blessing.
  • You may feel broken, but in Christ, you have been made complete.
  • In Christ, you are a new creation.
  • In Christ, you are adopted into his family.
  • In Christ, you are a partaker of the divine nature.
  • In Christ, you are a beloved child of God.

That’s who you are. Quit acting like someone else.

CONCLUSION:

STOP BASING YOUR IDENTITY ON YOU AND START BASING IT ON CHRIST IN YOU.

TWO QUESTIONS:

  1. WHAT ARE THE PEOPLE OR THINGS THAT I BASE MY IDENTITY ON RATHER THAN CHRIST?
  2. IN WHAT WAYS AM I TEMPTED TO TRY TO EARN GOD’S FAVOR BADED ON MY GOOD ACTIONS RATHER THAN HIS FREE GIFT OF GRACE?

 

 

 

 

1/13/19 Sermon Questions

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Week 2: Galatians 1:11-2:2

 

Life Group Questions

  1. As you share your testimony with others, how would you describe that your personal testimony begins with the story of Jesus? Practice sharing this with your life group.
  2. Paul references his own history. Take a look at what he is sharing about. (Acts 9) How does his testimony prove the power of God to change a life?
  3. How does Paul sharing his testimony provide credibility to what he is preaching?
  4. How have you seen your testimony provide credibility for others as you share?
  5. Pastor Luke said, “Your story is not about you. It’s about what Jesus has done.” Who in your life needs to hear your testimony?
  6. Read Galatians 1:21-24. How do these verses encourage you that no one is too far gone for God to reach them?
  7. Is there anything in your life that God is trying to prune in you? How can our group pray for you about this?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture

 

YOUR STORY BEGINS AND ENDS WITH JESUS

11 I want you to know, brothers and sisters that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. – Galatians 1:11-14

YOUR STORY IN JESUS NEEDS TO BE SHARED WITH OTHERS.

15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased 16 to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being. 17 I did not go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went into Arabia. Later I returned to Damascus. 18 Then after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days. 19 I saw none of the other apostles—only James, the Lord’s brother. 20 I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie. 21 Then I went to Syria and Cilicia. 22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” 24 And they praised God because of me. – Galatians 1:15-24

YOUR STORY IS A PROCESS.

 Then after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain. – Galatians 2:1-2

1/6/19 Sermon Questions

FREED

Week 1: Galatians 1:1-10

 Life Group Questions

  1. What is your favorite letter you’ve ever received? What was the content in the letter? Who was it from?
  2. How does your perspective on the book of Galatians change when you read it as a letter and in one sitting?
  3. In what ways do you struggle and mix up the implications of the gospel with the gospel itself? (Galatians 1:6-7)
  4. Read Galatians 1:10. In what areas of your life are you more concerned about pleasing people rather than God?
  5. How can your life group pray for you this week?

 

Sermon Notes and Scripture     

Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers and sisters with me, Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. – Galatians 1:1-5

  • He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” – Romans 8:32
  • And live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” – Ephesians 5:2
  • Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” – Ephesians 5:25
  • [Christ] gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.” – 1 Timothy 2:6

 

  1. DON’T MIX UP THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE GOSPEL WITH THE GOSPEL ITSELF.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. – Galatians 1:6-7

 

  1. A LIFE THAT IS LIVED IN THE FREEDOM OF JESUS LIVES TO PLEASE GOD RATHER THAN PEOPLE.

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:8-10