11/6 CARE Sheet – “Breaking Free” series 1 of 4; Galatians, “Two Sons Two Stories & Two Results: Isaac & Ishmael”

IN A NUTSHELL – The churches of Galatia had a problem. Many false teachers had been able to sneak in and convince the church of a need for submission to the Law of Moses. Paul provides clear, concise, and convincing arguments for a freedom that comes only through Jesus and a certain condemnation that comes to those who desire to go back under the Law and refuse to live by faith.

ICE-BREAKER – Can you remember a time when you took a leap of faith? In what way, and how long did it take to see God’s faithfulness in His response?

CONNECTING TO THE TEXT

  1. What were the results of Abraham’s unwillingness to wait on God? (Genesis 21:8-20)
  2. What are the chief differences given in the book of Galatians between the Law and the New Covenant? (Galatians 4:1-7)
  3. To what and to whom does Paul compare those who desire to go back under the Law (Galatians 4:21-31); and what does he wish they would do to themselves (OUCH—- Galatians 5:12)?
  4. Who are Abraham’s ‘seeds’ & who is Abraham’s ‘seed’ (Galatians 3:16-20; Romans 9:6-9)? Which one of his children is compared to Jesus and why (Hebrews 11:17-19; hint- look at a unique word)?
  5. We are ______________ by faith (Galatians 2:16; 3:24); We are made _________________ by faith (3:6-9); We are made ____________________ by faith (3:26-29); we receive the _______________ by faith (3:14); We are _____________________ by the Law (3:23); We are not ______________________ by the Law (2:16); ____________________ is not from the Law (2:21); We do not receive the ___________________ by the law (3:2).

 

REFLECTING UPON OUR LIVES 

  1. Has there ever been a time when you have become impatient with God and tried to do it on your own? How did that work for you?
  2. What are some emotions that we struggle with when our faith contradicts the scriptures? How do we deal with those emotions and those contradictions?
  3. What do you think Paul means when he says, “hearing with faith” (3:2 & 5)? How good are we with hearing in this manner? 

CONNECTING WITH THE WAY WE DO CHURCH

  1. Why do we baptize people ASAP and what does this have to do with the Spirit of God? (Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:26-27)
  2. What does it mean to you and to the church as a whole that we are called the Israel of God (Galatians 6:16)
  3. What are some of the differences and similarities between Christianity and Islam?

NEXT WEEK – Sons? Or Slaves?

  • Galatians 4:4-7
  • What does “when the fullness of time had come” mean?
  • What all results from being adopted as “sons?”
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