The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Freedom in Christ
November 14, 2014
Presented by Michael Webb
- *If you took up running, would you jog for enjoyment or train to compete in races? Why?
- Do you prefer group or individual sports? Why?
- Do you like games with challenging instructions and rules, or games with simple instructions and few rules? Why?
- *What challenge did Paul set before the Galatians? (5:1)
- Why did Paul challenge the Christians to be resolute? (5:1)
- What warning did Paul issue to the Galatians? (5:2)
- How would turning to the Law obligate the Galatian Christians? (5:3)
- What consequence would seeking justification by Law bring? (5:4)
- How did Paul contrast legalists and true believers? (5:5)
- How did Paul sum up the significance of circumcision? (5:6)
- What really matters? (5:6)
- *How did Paul describe the Galatians’ Christian experience? (5:7)
- How had false teaching affected the Galatian church? (5:8-9)
- Why was Paul optimistic about the Galatians? (5:10)
- How did the Cross mark the end of the Law? (5:11)
- What strong words did Paul have for the Judaizers? (5:12)
- *How were the Galatian Christians to use their freedom? (5:14)
- What were the Galatians called on to guard against? (5:15)
- *What challenge does this passage set before your church?
- What are the side effects of trying to be saved by keeping the Law?
- What unnecessary rules and regulations do Christians tend to impose on one another?
- What difference will it make if you run the Christian race with your attention on Christ?
- *How do some Christians abuse their freedom in Christ?
- In what ways are you hindered from loving others?
- When have you been guilty of backbiting and gossip?
- Why should you serve the family of God in love?
- Who is one neighbor to whom you can show a gesture of love this week?
- *As you run your race for Christ today, how can you free yourself of unnecessary rules and regulations that hinder your progress?
- Whom can you invite to join you in running a good race?
He encourages them to stand fast in their freedom
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
but rather love, which sums up the law
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.