Sermon Guide Book of Galatians Part 3 - Spiritual Leaders Big Idea: We know God personally but we follow him together. Galatians 2:1-10 1Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too. 2I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I met privately with those considered to be leaders of the church and shared with them the message I had been preaching to the Gentiles. I wanted to make sure that we were in agreement, for fear that all my efforts had been wasted and I was running the race for nothing. 3And they supported me and did not even demand that my companion Titus be circumcised, though he was a Gentile. 4Even that question came up only because of some so-called believers there—false ones, who were secretly brought in. They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations. 5But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you. 6And the leaders of the church had nothing to add to what I was preaching. (By the way, their reputation as great leaders made no difference to me, for God has no favorites.) 7Instead, they saw that God had given me the responsibility of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as he had given Peter the responsibility of preaching to the Jews. 8For the same God who worked through Peter as the apostle to the Jews also worked through me as the apostle to the Gentiles. 9In fact, James, Peter, and John, who were known as pillars of the church, recognized the gift God had given me, and they accepted Barnabas and me as their co-workers. They encouraged us to keep preaching to the Gentiles, while they continued their work with the Jews. 10Their only suggestion was that we keep on helping the poor, which I have always been eager to do. Hebrews 13:7-8 7Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from God’s grace, not from rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them. Hebrews 13:17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. 3 Reasons You Need Spiritual Leaders: 1. To Tell you the truth (v. 3) 2. To Encourage your gifts (v. 9) 3. To Give you direction (v. 10) Discussion Questions 1.Talk about a time when you ignored wise counsel. 2. Who do you have in your life that you allow to challenge you, to “watch over your soul?” 3. Do you have trouble submitting to authority? Talk about some reasons why people resist authority in their lives. 4. Do you desire more connection and direction from your church community? How can your group be praying for you?
Spiritual Leaders - Galatians 2:1-10
March 14, 2021 • Lead Pastor Jason Isaacs
Souls With Wings - Galatians 6:12-16
Part 9 • April 25, 2021 • Lead Pastor Jason Isaacs
Sermon Guide Book of Galatians Part 9 - Because of Jesus Big Idea: There’s no such thing as a better Christian. Galatians 6:12-16 12Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. 13 And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples. 14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. 15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. 16 May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. The Gospel You are more weak and sinful than you believe, but more loved and accepted by God than you know Discussion Questions: 1.Share one thing you have learned from this series that you didn’t know before. 2. Does the statement “halfway to being a Christian” strike a chord with you? In what way? 3. How has this series helped you fully embrace the truth of the Gospel, that salvation comes from believing in Jesus and nothing else? 4. Do you feel like a relationship with Jesus has “given you wings”? 5. What thing in your life makes you feel most valuable? Are you still putting your faith in yourself? How can your group pray for you?
Fruit Of The Spirit - Galatians 5:13-26
Part 8 • April 18, 2021 • Associate Pastor Megan Gardner
Sermon Guide Book of Galatians Part 8 - Fruit of the Spirit Big Idea: I know I’m a Christian but I don’t always act like one. Galatians 5:13-26 13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[a] 15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. 16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. What to remember as you’re growing: 1.Fruit doesn’t appear overnight. 2. I’ll never stop sinning, but that’s okay. 3. Who I am right now is who Jesus died for. Discussion Questions: 1.Talk about things that seem to take forever and you have little patience for. 2. Who is someone you know that you believe is a good example of what a Christian should look like? Do you think of them as still struggling with sin? 3. When you look back, what is a way the Holy Spirit has grown you? 4. What’s an area of frustration where you aren’t growing fast enough? How can your group be praying for you?
Expression Of Faith - Galatians 5:1-6
Part 7 • April 11, 2021 • Lead Pastor Jason Isaacs
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