Cheese and Holiness


“…make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders…” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, NIV Several years ago, while attending church potluck after services one Sabbath, I noticed a visitor … [Click to read more …]

“Your Heart Shall Rejoice”


“…for you welcomed the message…with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 1:6, NIV One of the most beautiful sights is the smile on the face of someone who has just given their heart to Jesus. Their heart is so full of joy from the experience that the light of that joy bursts … [Click to read more …]

Mulligans and Grace


Friday’s section of “The God of Grace and Judgment” asks the question, “What’s the deadly spiritual trap of thinking that because we’re saved by grace, it doesn’t matter what we do? How can you protect yourself against falling into that deception?” On the golf course we have another word for grace. It is called a … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Living by the Spirit


“The life of the Christian is not all smooth. He has stern conflicts to meet. Severe temptations assail him. ‘The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.’ The nearer we come to the close of this earth’s history, the more delusive and ensnaring will be the attacks of the enemy. His … [Click to read more …]

12: Living By The Spirit – Teaching Plan


Key Thought: Living by the Spirit involves a daily walk with Christ. It requires choices that starve our sinful self. [Teaching plan for “Living by the Spirit” December 14, 2011] 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 5:1-16,17. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Way to Victory


Although an inward conflict between the flesh and the Spirit always will rage in the heart of every believer, the Christian life does not have to be dominated by defeat, failure, and sin. According to Galatians 5:16–26, what is the key to living a life where the Spirit reigns over the flesh?   Galatians 5:16–26 … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Gal. 5:22, 23, ESV). In what ways does obedience to the Ten Commandments reflect the fruit of the Spirit as it is expressed in these verses? (See also Matt. 5:21, 22, 27, … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Works of the Flesh

Having introduced the conflict that exists between the flesh and the Spirit, Paul in Galatians 5:18–26 elaborates on the nature of this contrast by means of a list of ethical vices and virtues. The catalog of vices or virtues was a well-established literary feature present in both Jewish and Greco-Roman literature. These lists identified behavior … [Click to read more …]