03 January 2021 (am) – Galatians 5:15-26
|Andy Bruins preaching from Galatians on Sunday 3rd January 2021.
We now start to really get to the heart of what Christian freedom actually looks like.
We have not graduated from the Law in order to indulge our sinful desires – this is what the world thinks freedom is, but real freedom is actually found in serving others – which was the actual intention of the Law in the first place.
There is a war within each of us, between the desires of our sinful flesh and the Holy Spirit. And true freedom (and victory over sin itself) is found only through the strength He provides.
The acts of the flesh are exhibited in many forms v19-21 (and this list is just for starters). But in contrast, the fruit of the Spirit (the character that He grows in us) comes as a complete package.
When we walk with (v16), live by and keep in step with (v25) the Holy Spirit, this godly character will flavour everything we do.
Big Idea: The life of true freedom is one lived in a constant, close walk with our Master.
Q What are some false ideas about “freedom” that people buy into?
Q How does v13-15 refute those ideas?
Q What is the battle that Paul describes in v16-18? How is that battle won? (v16)
Q What does v21 mean?
Q Why do you think this section is sandwiched between Paul’s warnings v15 and v26?