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Part 5: Deviation and Determination

Part 5: Deviation and Determination

Series: Lighten Your Load: Learning to Walk in Freedom - A Study of Galatians

Key Passage: Galatians 5:7-10

Speaker: Nate Wagner

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

Describe a time when you felt trapped (bumper to bumper traffic, a job with no growth potential, crippling injury, etc.). How did you feel when you finally experienced freedom?

What do you think of the following statements as summaries of how to live the Christian life? Are they true? Explain.

“Let go and let God!”

“It’s all of Him, and not of us.”

“I am nothing more than a sinner saved by grace.”

“I’m not perfect, just forgiven.”

“Keep seeking more of the Spirit’s anointings, new out-pourings of his blessings.”

“It’s all about surrendering everything to Jesus.”

How would you summarize how to live the Christian life?

Study Read Gal 5:1-12 Together

Observations?  Questions?  Insights?

In Gal 5:1 Paul says that it is for freedom that we were set free.  What does he mean by this?

What either-or choice does Paul then put before the Galatian Christians?  How does it strike you?

Instead of the Mosaic Law indicating whether we are part of God’s family, what does Paul say in Gal 5:5-6 are the true marks that we belong?

What does “faith showing itself through love” look like in the life of a Jesus follower?

What harm has been done to the Galatians by an unnamed person or group?

How does Paul encourage the Galatians in Gal 5:7,10?

Paul said that accepting circumcision doesn’t count for anything. So why is Paul so strongly against those that required it? What was the danger of putting this requirement on an equal level with what Jesus did on the cross? (vs. 9)

What does Paul mean when he says that the cross is an offense or a scandal?

Why do you think Paul expressed such extreme views regarding the false teachers in Gal 5:12?

Reflect & Respond

“When we use God's grace as a motivator, we can criticize sharply and directly, but the other person will generally be able to perceive that we are nonetheless for them.”    Timothy J. Keller

“If you’re a church person and not a Jesus person, my heart hurts for you.  It’s like being engaged and never getting married.  It’s miserable.”  Matt Chandler

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”   CS Lewis


In what area of your life do you struggle to see God’s Best for you as offering true freedom?

How do you sometimes find yourself seeking to earn God’s love, compensate, or carry unnecessary guilt and shame?

In your spiritual life can you identify ways that you have “gotten off track” and need to get back on?

Where do you need to improve your skills on “getting back on track”?