In the letter to the Galatians, Paul begs the believers in Galatia to cling to the freedom Christ gave rather than submitting to the slavery of the law. His letter builds up to Galatians 5:1, “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.” The rest of the chapter continues this discourse, comparing what it is like to walk in the flesh and what it is like to walk in the Spirit. On Sunday, David encouraged us to serve rather than sin, to step out in the struggle, and to be Spirit-led for success. Let’s investigate how this is accomplished through the Fruit of the Spirit.
How do you define ‘freedom’? Describe to your group a time you experienced the joy of freedom.
Last week we looked at the basics of spiritual gifts, which are “divinely given capacities to perform useful functions for God, especially in the area of spiritual service” (John F. Walvoord). We learned that the Holy Spirit distributes gift(s) to every believer, “to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature…” (Ephesians 4:12-13). On Sunday, Pastor Joe reminded us that our gifts were designed with a purpose in mind, and they are most effective when utilized for that purpose. How can you best use your gift(s)?
Scott Pioli, Vice President of Player Personnel for the NE Patriots the year they won Super Bowl 38, had a sign in his office that stated, “We are building a team, not collecting talent.” Discuss with your group the difference between the two. Which works better in the church, and why?
On bible.org, John F. Walvoord defined spiritual gifts as “divinely given capacities to perform useful functions for God, especially in the area of spiritual service”. In 1 Corinthians 12, two Greek terms are translated as “spiritual gifts”. In verse 1, the word pneumatika (“spirituals” or “things of the Spirit”) is used. In verse 4, charisma is used. This word is derived from the word charis, which means “grace”. Let’s begin to look at the basics of spiritual gifts.
What is the best birthday or Christmas gift you ever received? Why was it so meaningful?
In the sermon on Sunday, Aaron talked about our identity. Specifically he spoke about the way we should identify ourselves through the Power of God. Often times, we identify ourselves based on past relationships, experiences, family heritage or a number of other factors. Let’s look further into God’s Word to help us determine how God has identified us….through His eyes.
If someone were to say to you, “Tell me about yourself,” how would you respond? Ask each other in your group that very question and see what answers are given.
In Exodus chapters 25-31, God gave Moses instructions for building the Tabernacle, the place that His Spirit would dwell among the Israelites. The Tabernacle was a beautiful symbol of God’s plan of salvation and many of the details in the construction pointed to Christ. God gave special talents to two men – Bezalel and Oholiab – in order to create an exceptional dwelling place for The Power of God.
Share with your group your most dissatisfying work experience and what made it so frustrating, then share your most rewarding work experience and what made it so meaningful.