Part 6: Lawless Freedom
Series: Lighten Your Load: Learning to Walk in Freedom - A Study of Galatians
Key Passage: Galatians 5:13-6:2
Speaker: Nate Wagner
Who in your life is really difficult to love, and why is the case?
How should remembering how Christ has loved you help you love these difficult people?
How has the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, …) in other people shown you more about God?
Study Read Gal 5:13-26 Together
How do we, as Christians, practically live out freedom in a way that denies “the flesh”?
What does verse 17 make clear about the Christian life? (That we will always experience spiritual conflict in this life, which means walking by the Spirit requires consistent intentionality.)
How do Paul’s list of the works of the flesh (vv. 19–22) and his list of the fruit of the Spirit (vv. 22–23) differ from one another? How would you explain the difference between “work” and “fruit”?
In verses 24–25, Paul uses two active verbs to describe Christ-followers: 1) They “have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” 2) They “keep in step with the Spirit.” What do these active verbs suggest about the Christian life?
What are some practical ways you can keep in step with the Spirit?
In what way does freedom pull you in the direction of self-protection and/or self-gratification?
Are any of the “works of the flesh” areas that need your attention? How are they negatively effecting your ability to walk in the spirit?
Who in your life right now has been “caught in a sin” and needs you to take the risk of seeking to “restore them gently”?
If you were completely honest, what evidence would others identify as increased fruit of the Spirit in your life over the last year?
You have been set free to live free, but not to spend your freedom on yourself. True freedom is found in humble, loving service to others. Love fulfills the Law. It’s easy to get hung up on a to-do list of external works, but we cannot be what God wants us to be on the outside without first experiencing His transforming power on the inside.