Whilst trusting in Jesus Christ for our salvation is fundamental to the Christian faith, accepting Christ as our saviour is really only the starting point in our walk with God. Indeed, as Christians, we are called upon to do so much more.
But do we really understand the implications of salvation? Do we take seriously the purpose of God’s church? And how seriously do we take our responsibilities within it?
A. HELPING ONE ANOTHER
Read: Galatians 6:1-5
1. Paul teaches the need to care for ‘someone’ caught in sin (verse 1). To whom is Paul referring? And how does he suggest we go about it?
2. What are the dangers that Paul describes (verses 3 & 4) that we should avoid in our Christian walk?
3. What loads do we have? Which ones are we reluctant to carry (verse 5)?
B. SOWING AND REAPING
Read: Galatians 6:6-10
4. Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, “If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? (1 Cor 9:11). How important is it to share with our instructors (verse 6)? And do we do it?
5. Are we good at sowing the Christian faith (verse 7)? Comment.
6. Paul’s comment in verse 10 prioritises doing good within the family of believers. But is that our experience within the church? What should be our current practice?
C. TWO WAYS TO LIVE
Read: Galatians 6:11-16
7. Paul usually dictated his letters, and only wrote the concluding greeting. So why did Paul begin to write so early in this letter (verse 11)? And why were his letters so large?
8. What were the teachings of the Judaizers (verses 12-13)? What motivated them to express such beliefs?
9. What was the teaching of Paul (verses 14-16)? What was his motivation?
Read: Galatians 6:17-18
10. To whom does Paul address his remarks in verse 17? What were these ‘marks’ Paul refers to?
11. Do we bear any marks of Jesus? Explain.
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