Introduction: Do you remember playing Follow the Leader when you were younger? What did you like or dislike about the game? Was it hard for you to follow someone else? Why or why not?
Read Galatians 5:16-26:
- Galatians 5:7-18 - The desires of the flesh are "in conflict" with the Spirit. Why is it easy to view the desires of the flesh as an inferior alternative to the Spirit? How can you remind yourself that these two desires are at war?
- Galatians 5:19-20 - Why would Paul mention that the acts of the flesh are “obvious?” Are these things more “obvious” than the fruit of the Spirit? Why?
- Galatians 5:19-20 - Sin is severe, but why do we tend to minimize the severity of certain acts of the flesh and maximize others?
- Galatians 5:22-23 - Pastor Sean encouraged us to take an assessment of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. What attributes do you easily see in your life? Which attributes are harder to see?
- Galatians 5:24 - What does it mean to “crucify the flesh with its passions and desires?” What are some active ways of "crucifying" these passions and desires as opposed hoping they will die of natural causes?
- Galatians 5:25 - Why are we challenged to “keep in step with the Spirit?" What would be an example of not being in step?
- Galatians 5:26 - Isn’t this an unusual conclusion to this section of teaching? Why do we need the warning in this verse? Could it be possible to be conceited about our fruit?
Abide/Bless/Love: How can I actively crucify the flesh with its passions and desires?