Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Restoration Specialists (Galatians 6)

When was a time you got caught doing something you shouldn't have done?

Have you ever felt like you were stuck in life? What happened to get you to that point?

Have you ever felt stuck in sin?

Read Galatians 6:1. Give some examples of how someone might get "caught in a sin".

Think about the people you work with or who live in your neighborhood. What are the sins they are most likely to get "caught in"?

What sins have sometimes caught up to you?

What does it mean to "restore" something?

Discuss a time when you experienced a restored relationship? How did it happen? How did it feel?

Read Romans 5:10-11. Why were we God's enemies? How was our relationship with God reconciled (restored)?

How can we help others be restored in their relationship with God?

In Galatians 6, Paul says to handle restoration "gently". What do you think this means?

Who has helped you restore your relationship to God? How did they accomplish this?

Who do you know that you can help to restore? What will you do this week to gently assist them?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Set Free To Be A Servant (Galatians 5)

What are some of the rules by which you live your life?

What are some rules in life that you have chosen to ignore or disobey?

Are rules a good thing or a bad thing? Why?

Read Galatians 5:13-14. What is the main point of these verses?

What do you think it means to “satisfy your sinful nature”? How are you tempted to satisfy your sinful nature?

What do you think it means to be set free? How did God set you free? From what did He set you free?

Make a list of different ways Christians can serve one another.

How have other Christians served you in the past? What impact did that have on your life?

Paul seems to be saying that Christians should live to serve rather than live to follow rules. Do you agree? Why?

Is it possible to have a balance of serving and rules? How would you live out such a balance?

Who do you want to serve this week? How will you serve them? Who will you ask to keep you accountable for this service?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

When You Receive Grace and Peace, You Extend Grace and Peace (Galatians 1)

What do you think are the most important words in this passage?

Write a definition of “grace”.

Write a definition of “peace”.

When has God shown grace to you?

When has God provided you with peace?

What truth about God helps to bring peace into your life?

What gifts from other people help to bring peace into your life?

When has another person shown grace or peace to you?

Who do you know that needs to experience grace from you?

How will you extend grace to them?

Who do you know that you would like to be at peace with?

How will you extend grace to this person?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Grace And Peace In The Midst of Evil (Galatians 1)

Read Galatians 1:1-5. Summarize these verses in your own words.

What do these verses teach about Jesus?

What do you think Paul meant by “the present evil age”? (vs.4)

How have you experienced the evil of this present age?

How does the grace and peace of God help us to endure the evil we experience around us?

Read the following five verses. After you’ve read them all, write down three statements which reflect your thoughts about grace. (Psalm 31:9; Psalm 84:11; Romans 5:20; Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 1:13)

Read the following five verses. After you’ve read them all, write down three statements which reflect your thoughts about peace. (Psalm 4:8; Psalm 29:11; Proverbs 16:7; 1 Corinthians 14:33; James 3:18)

What benefits are promised to us as a result of Jesus’ sacrifice?

How does our confidence in  these benefits help us to endure the evil we experience around us?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Through Death, I Live (Galatians 2)

When have you been sad, upset or disappointed because something in your life ended?

Why does death make most people uncomfortable?

List some examples of good, positive or healthy endings.

Read Galatians 2:20.

Which words in this verse are most powerful? Why?

How do we experience crucifixion with Jesus?

What does it mean that "I no longer live, but Christ lives in me."?

How does the idea of Christ living in you make you feel? Why?

What do you think it means to "live by faith"?

To experience life "in Christ" we need to put our old self to death. What pieces of your life do you need to crucify?

What mistakes have you made in your life that you are still holding on to? Do you think it is possible to put those mistakes to death and leave them in the past? How?

Which patterns or habits exist in your life that are holding you back? How can you put those patterns or habits to death? Who can help you with that?

Does your outlook on life (your perspective) match the outlook Jesus has on life? How can someone put to death an overly negative or critical spirit?

This week, how will you remind yourself of the peace, hope and joy you have already been given through Christ?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Attempt Great Things For God; Expect Great Things From God (Romans 8)

If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you attempt?

What have you avoided trying because you were afraid to fail?

Read Romans 8:31-39. Which verse is your favorite? Why?

What do you think it means that "God is for us?"

Make a list of everything God has done for us according to these verses.

Read verse 35. In your own words describe some of the life issues that might try to separate us from God's love.

Read verses 38-39. Which of these life issues are most frightening to you? Why?

What do you think it means to be "more than conquerors?"

What issue in your life do you need to conquer? Which truth from these verses can you claim to help you?

What lessons has God been teaching you lately from His Word?

In your life, which character trait would you like to change to make you more like Jesus?

Think about your answers to the previous two questions. What is something you believe God wants you to attempt this week?

What fears are threatening to keep you from attempting this?

Which verse from Romans 8 will you claim to empower you to do God's will this week?

Ask at least one other person to pray specifically for you this week as you seek to boldly follow God.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Life Full Of Love (1 Corinthians 13)

 What types of people are hard to love? Why?

What do you do when you know you should love someone, but really don't want to?

Read 1 Corinthians 13:5 and answer the following questions about this verse:

What does this verse teach about the character of God?

How did Jesus demonstrate (or not demonstrate) the kind of love discussed in this verse? Can you think of specific examples?

Which of these descriptions of love is your favorite? Why?

Which of these descriptions of love is easiest to live out? Why?

Which is most difficult? Why?

Has your selfishness ever caused harm in a relationship? What happened?

Has another person's selfishness ever caused you harm? What happened?

What do you think it means to not keep track of other people's wrongs? Is this a command to let yourself be abused? Why or why not?

Try to think of Bible passages which are helpful in discerning the line between being a forgiving person and allowing yourself to be consistently abused.

Choose one of the following phrases as your goal for the week:
  • More sacrificial
  • Less selfish
  • More forgiving

Pray that God will help you accomplish your goal. Pray for others to have success in accomplishing their goals.