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Small Group Questions


February 23-24, 2019
Galatians 5:1-26, Romans 7:15-20, John 15:12-17

Get To Know You
1)   We have a lot of freedom in the USA. Think about the freedoms you enjoy. If you had to pick one that is especially valuable to you, which would it be? Why?

Into the Text
2)   Read Galatians 5:1-12. Why was Paul so opposed to the men in the churches of Galatia being circumcised?   
3)   The teachers Paul opposed were basically teaching that while faith in Jesus is important, to really be right with God the Galatians (men) still needed to do "one more thing." What are some ways that churches require "one more thing" today?   
4)   Read Galatians 5:13-18. Paul quotes Leviticus 19:18, "Love your neighbor as yourself." Is the command to love one another a law? If so, does it conflict with the idea of being saved by grace? If not, why not?
5)   Which "neighbors" do you find it easiest to love? Which ones are the most difficult? Why?    
6)   In 5:16, Paul says we should "walk by the Spirit." What does he mean by that?
7)   Read Galatians 5:19-21. Paul lists a lot of "acts of the sinful nature." Not that God ranks sin, but of the ones he lists, which ones are especially damaging to individual believers? Which ones are especially damaging to faith communities?    
8)   Read Galatians 5:22-26. Scott noted that the "fruit of the Spirit" is singular and that the qualities Paul lists are all rolled into it. In other words, they all go together. Do you agree? If so, what are the implications? If not, why not?
9)   Read Romans 7:15-20. Paul had been a committed Christ follower for many years when he wrote those words. Why do we still struggle with sin, even after choosing to follow Jesus?
10)   Read John 15:12-17. Jesus says a lot in these verses, including this, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." Reflect on what it means to you to know that Jesus laid down his life for you.