“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Sermon Study Questions: Galatians 5:13-26
- Tell of a time in your childhood when you were deliberately sneaky and got away with it. What feelings did it bring at the time? What feelings arise as you think of it now?
- What images come to mind when you hear Paul say, “Those who belong to Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
- Tim Kellar says, “To crucify the flesh is to say, “Lord, my heart thinks that I have to have this or I have no value. It is a pseudo-Savior. But that is to forget what I mean to you, as I see in Christ. By your Spirit, I will reflect on your love for me in Him until this thing loses its attractive power over my soul.” Can you relate to the statement in this prayer that says, “my heart thinks that I have to have this or I have no value”?
- Read Romans 8. What do you notice that is similar to Galatians 5:13-26?
- Read and reflect on verses 14 and 15 and verse 26. How are the acts of the flesh (verse 19) in conflict with love?