Pushing the Rope
How Believers Grow: It’s Not What You Think, Part 1
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1. Change your ________________
Galatians 3:1–6 (ESV) O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? 5 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—
2. ___________ that faith is the path to God’s blessing
Galatians 3:7–9 (ESV) 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? 7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” 9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
3. ______________ live by faith
Galatians 3:10–14 (ESV) 10 For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12 But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
Questions for further reflection and discussion
How do you need to learn to more visually experience Jesus as crucified? Why is it important to do this?
How would you describe how a person grows spiritually? How might Gal. 2:3-4 change the way you think about this?
How would you describe what it means to “hear with faith?"
Can you think of a time when you have had to justify your actions? With that incident in mind, what might it mean to be “justified before God?”
What does it mean practically to “live by faith?” How can you tell when you are living by faith and when you are not?
The kind of faith this text is talking about is not just generic faith in God but specifically it is faith in the work Jesus did hanging on the cross to become a curse for us? Why might it be important to make this distinction?