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.

BIBLE STUDY ASSIGNMENT – SEPTEMBER 21, 2011

GALATIANS CHAPTER 5:13-18

We are now nearing the close of this great Chapter 5 of Galatians. In these next six verses of Chapter 5 Paul gives important teaching about Christian Freedom and our obligations as Christians to work for justice to change the world. Pay close attention these verses as Paul explains the danger of extreme liberty, the duty to love and how the Spirit can defeat sin. Please read carefully and prayerfully Galatians 5:13-18 as you prepare for our teaching and learning in this week’s assignment.
1.In Galatians 5:13, Paul cautions the Galatian Christian against the abuse of their new found freedom. What do you think Paul means when he warns them about using their “freedom to indulge the sinful nature”?
2. In the last part of Galatians 5:13, Paul teaches how to prevent the extreme use of their new liberty that the Galatians may have been tempted to use. What is the name of this prevention of the abuse of Christian liberty?
3. In Galatians 5:14, Paul summarizes the entire law in one commandment. What is that one commandment?
4. Where in the Old Testament does God the Father give this one commandment?
5. Where in the New Testament does Jesus the Christ give this one commandment?
6. In Galatians 5:15, Paul tells the Galatian Christians that if they kept on “biting and devouring each other,” they would destroy each other. Why was this warning so important then and for the church now?
7. Do you know of examples in the church today of Christian self-destruction from back biting and devouring each other?
8. Is any of this back biting and devouring go on in your church? If yes, what can be done about it?
9. If you don’t believe the back biting and devouring is going on at your church, how have you all been able to avoid it?
10. What do you think Paul means in Galatians 5:16 when he says “So I say live by the Spirit.”? Are you living by the Spirit?
11. If you are not living by the Spirit as much as you would like, what can you do to become better at living by the Spirit? What can Charity do to help you “live by the Spirit”?
12. In Verse 17, Paul describes the basic conflict between sinful nature and the Spirit. How would you summarize what Paul said about this conflict?
13. When Paul says in Verse 17, “so that you do not do what you want,” what do you think Paul means?
14. In the King James Version, Verse 17 reads “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.” What does Paul mean by the flesh? Does he mean that the human body is sinful?
15. In the beginning of Verse 18, Paul says “But if you are led by the Spirit.” What do you think Paul means by being “led by the Spirit”
16. At the end of Verse 18, Paul writes that if you are led by the Spirit “you are not under the law.” What do you think Paul means by not being “under the law”?
READ GALATIANS 5:19-26 FOR NEXT WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT AND STUDY ON THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT!