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Monday, August 07, 2006 at 7:06 AM

Bearing fruit for the glory of God: Monday Morning QT

A fruit that lasts: Galatians 5:13-26
13For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 15But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.
Walk by the Spirit
16But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21envy,[a] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Summer camp is over. How do we continue pursuing God? Small groups are done, your friends have gone home. Meditate upon God's Word of course!

Understanding the passage:

  1. Paul finishes up his treatment of being saved by faith alone in Galatians 5 by addressing a danger of Christian life: Once we are saved, then we can go and sin all we want right? Of course not. What does Paul say we should use our freedom from bondage of the law for? (v. 13-15)

  1. What does Paul contrast the fruit of the Spirit with? (v.19-21)

Applying the message:

  1. In light of what we've learned this past week, what are some things that you would like to remember and apply during the next week?

  1. Where does the Gospel fit in all of this? (Remember Galatians 3? Go back and read it if you've forgotten)

  1. How can you help encourage your friends coming back from summer camp in the coming weeks?

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