12: Living by the Spirit – Discussion Starters

  1. Living by the Spirit. Did you notice the introduction’s account of how the words of the Christian hymn, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson were changed? I was relieved to see that in the Adventist church hymnal the author’s words in the third stanza remain intact: “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.” Think about it. Do you agree that the author’s words say something important about how you struggle in your Christian life?
  2. Walking in the Spirit. Is it refreshing for you to think of the Christian life as a walk down the path of life? What was the expression used in the Old Testament to describe a life obedient to God (Deut 13:4,5)? What was the relationship from Paul’s perspective of the law of God and a Christian’s walk? What was it about the law that disturbed Paul the most? What is most likely to get in our way to interfere with our walk with God?
  3. The Works of the Flesh. Explain a significant difference between the “works of the flesh” (plural) and the “fruit of the Spirit” (singular). Which expression expresses the air of “frenetic” self-indulgence? Do you agree that what a person believes about God is not as important as the sincerity of his (or her) belief? Which, if any, of the “works of the flesh” involve a violation of one of more of the Ten Commandments?
  4. The Fruit of the Spirit. Have you ever encountered a Christian who believes that our love for God makes the Ten Commandments irrelevant? What can we say to a person with that set of beliefs? What is the first fruit of the spirit in Paul’s list (Galatians 5:22, 23)? Your lesson states that, “love is the preeminent fruit of the spirit.” If you agree with that, have you found in your Christian life that love is also the easiest of the gifts to express? It not, why not?
  5. The Way to Victory.  Your lesson states that in Galatians 4:16-26, Paul chooses five “key verbs” to describe the way to victory. Since those five verb expressions are spelled out in Galatians 5:16-24, take a minute or two to explain the importance of each one. (1) to walk around or to follow; (2) to be led; (3) to live; (4) to walk; (5) to crucify. 

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