A Response to Gospel Mutilation
Passage: Galatians 5:7–12
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1. The Christian life can be compared to a boxing match or other athletic event (1 Cor 9:24-26). Similar to an athlete, believers are called to run with endurance, and be disciplined to fight and not give up their faith. In what areas of your Christian life do you find yourself in “an ongoing match, a recurring battle, a fight, and a fierce race?” How do you prepare yourself for the battle to keep yourself in the faith?
2. Paul was rebuking the Galatians because they were turning to a different form of Christianity that was less about Jesus Christ and more about themselves. This happens in the church even today. What are some warning signs that can help Christians recognize false teaching that is more about yourself than about Jesus Christ? How does healthy membership in a Bible believing church help protect you from these false teachers?
3. What was Paul’s warning to the Galatians when he wrote, “A little leaven, leavens the whole lump”? What does this understanding about leaven and false teaching tell us about the importance of being good students of God’s Word?
4. Paul’s confidence was not in his ability to hold onto the straying Galatians. Rather his confidence was in the Lord’s power to hold onto those whom He has saved. How does this correct perspective of salvation not only comfort you but also inform you on how to speak to your unbelieving family members and backsliding friends?
5. Is there anything you can do to make yourself more acceptable to God and earn His favor? What does the answer to this question tell you about:
a. your extra effort to be in church, and read your Bible especially when you have a test coming up, or when you’re hoping for a certain diagnosis, or when a promotion is on the line, or when you’re going to Las Vegas next week?
b. your doubts about your salvation and God’s love for you when you’ve sinned and messed up?
How does a true understanding and true faith in the gospel make points “a” and “b” disappear?