Sunday: Restoring the Fallen
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Restoring the Fallen

While Paul has lofty expectations for the nature of the Christian life (Gal. 5:16), his counsel to the believers in Galatians 6:1 also is refreshingly realistic. Humans are not perfect, and even the most dedicated Christians are not immune from mistakes. In Greek, Paul’s words in Galatians 5:16 indicate that he is envisioning a situation that is likely to happen … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Gospel and the Church
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The Church

Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 6:1-10, Matt. 18:15-17, 1 Cor. 10:12, Rom. 15:1, John 13:34, Luke 22:3. Memory Text: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10, ESV). Some farmers decided to save the biggest vegetables for themselves and to plant the smaller ones as … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Way to Victory
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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 contains five key … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Fruit of the Spirit
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Fruits of the Spirit

(Gal. 5:22-24) “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, Matt. 5:27-28; Matt. 22:35-40.) The … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Works of the Flesh
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Temptation

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 to be … [Click to read more …]