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Galatians, Chapter Five, Lesson Three

WALKING BY THE SPIRIT   Galatians 5:13-18             Print this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** How effective were you this past week in "Strengthening the Brethren"? Did anyone have the opportunity to "warn, encourage or protect" a fellow Christian? Did you find yourself being strengthened by someone else in the faith?

We must remain alert to opportunities that the Lord places before us to minister to the needs of others around us. We should be prepared each day to warn, encourage and protect others with instruction from the word of God. cf. 1Peter 4:10

MOTIVATE

** For us to be effective as Christians in the role of strengthening those around us, we are going to have to take a closer look at who or what it is that controls our own life. Today Paul is going to teach us the one true path to spiritual victory! How can I live each day of my life to the glory of God and not be discouraged or disappointed by the negative influence of sin? Turn with me to Galatians 5:13-18 and let's learn the answer together.

Read Passage (V.13-15) (V.16-18)

Opening Prayer

Walking by the Spirit

INVESTIGATE

V.13 ** After blasting the false teachers last week, of what does Paul now lovingly remind his readers?

"...you were called to freedom..." (cf. Galatians 5:1)

** How do we know that Paul is reaffirming his love for the Galatians as he reminds them of their freedom?

Because once again he uses the loving term brethren [adelphos] to convey his tender care and concern for their souls. Paul will use this term nine times in this brief little epistle, just to make sure that the Galatians understand his corrective tones are part of his loving kindness toward them.

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