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SYNOPSIS OF THE SERMON
The apostle Paul’s gospel message announces that God grants salvation by grace alone, through faith alone in his son Christ, alone. In Galatians 5, the apostle Paul teaches us that it is not through the law but instead by living Spirit-controlled and Spirit-led lives that we will change and become the loving, joyful, kind, good person that God has always intended us to be. By allowing more of the Holy Spirit in us, we will bear more of the fruit of the Spirit and reflect more of God’s qualities in our own lives.
GETTING THE CONVERSATION STARTED
These questions can be used as ice-breakers in the beginning OR interwoven between the questions below to draw the group into the discussion.
1. Who were the people you admired growing up? What about them did you want to imitate?
2. Have you ever experienced becoming so close to someone that you actually began to look, think and act like them? Briefly share your experience.
3. What are some good qualities you’ve always wanted for yourself? What has been your approach to obtaining them? Have you seen these qualities grow in you as you grow in your relationship with Christ?
INTERACTING WITH THE SERMON
1. In 5 minutes or less. Briefly give a synopsis of this week’s sermon. What insight, principle, or observation from this weekend’s message did you find to be most helpful, eye-opening, or troubling? Briefly explain.
2. Read Psalm 100:
“1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
• The apostle Paul urges us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices as an act of worship (Romans 12:1). How can we worship God in our daily lives? Has worship become a spiritual discipline in your life?
• Worship begins with knowing God. How has increasing your knowledge of God had an impact on your worship? (v. 3) Briefly share your experience.
• How has worship brought you closer to God? How has worshipping God brought you closer to others? Are the fruits of the Spirit more evident in your life when you worship the Lord?
• As we worship we enter into God’s presence. Have you experienced an increment of the Holy Spirit in your life through worship? Briefly share your experience.
3. In his sermon, Rich says that the way we are going to live a life worthy of God is by bearing the fruit of the Spirit. And the way that we are going to bear the fruit of the Spirit is by living in the Spirit.
• How can we live our lives “in the Spirit”?
• How has the practice of spiritual disciplines changed your life?
• As a small group, what are some spiritual disciplines we should put into practice? What are some spiritual disciplines we should put into practice as individuals?
• Please take time to encourage the practice of spiritual disciplines both as collective and individual practices, as well as to pray for one another.