BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT – SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

GALATIANS CHAPTER 5:19-26

We now come to the end of this powerful Chapter 5 of Galatians. In these final eight verses of Chapter 5 Paul gives a detailed list of the actions of the sinful nature and fruit of the Spirit. The contrast and comparisons are vivid, disturbing and inspiring! This lesson on differences between sin and fruit is among the most essential in the whole Bible on proper Christian conduct. Please read carefully and prayerfully Galatians 5:19-26 as you prepare for our teaching and learning in this week’s assignment.
1.In Galatians 5:19, what do you think the Apostle Paul meant by “the acts of the sinful nature”?
2. How many actions of the sinful nature are listed in Galatians 5:19-21?
3. If you had to put acts of the sinful nature in Galatians 5:19-21 into four groups, which sins would be in each of those four groups? What would be the general heading for each of the four groups?
4. If you had to put acts of the sinful nature in Galatians 5:19-21 into three groups, which sins would be in each of those three groups? What would be the general heading for each of the three groups?
5. In Galatians 5:22 Paul introduces the “fruit of the Spirit” with the singular term for fruit of the Spirit and yet he used the plural form for the acts of the sinful nature. Since both terms use lists, why do you think the acts of the sinful nature is plural while the fruit of Spirit is singular?
6. If you had to break down the fruit of the Spirit into three groups, which of the nine characteristics would be in each group? What would be the heading for each group?
7. How would you define the characteristic of love as used in Galatians 5:22?
8. How would you define the characteristic of joy as used in Galatians 5:22?
9. How would you define the characteristic of peace as used in Galatians 5:22?
10. How would you define the characteristic of patience as used in Galatians 5:22?
11. How would you define the characteristic of kindness as used in Galatians 5:22?
12. How would you define the characteristic of goodness as used in Galatians 5:22?
13. How would you define the characteristic of faithfulness as used in Galatians 5:22?
14. How would you define the characteristic of gentleness as used in Galatians 5:23?
15. How would you define the characteristic of self-control as used in Galatians 5:23?
16. Why do you think Paul used the metaphor of fruit to teach this transformative lesson about the power of the fruit of the Spirit?
17. Why do you think Paul gives love as the first characteristic of the fruit of the Spirit?
18. What do you think Paul means in Verse 24, when he declares that “those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature”?
19. What does Paul mean by “let us keep in step with the Spirit” in Verse 25?
20. Why do you think Paul ends the 5th Chapter of Galatians with a warning to Christians who possess the fruit of the Spirit to not become conceited and to not provoke and envy one another?
READ THE 6TH CHAPTER OF GALATIANS FOR NEXT WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT AS WE FINISH PAUL’S LETTER TO THE GALATIANS.