How to Get a Tattoo
Guarding Freedom, Part 4
Bethany Place Baptist Church, November 24, 2013
Galatians 6:6–10 (ESV)
6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Apply ______________ liberally
Galatians 6:11–16 (ESV)
11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
__________________ your tattoo
Galatians 6:17–18 (ESV)
17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
Questions for further reflection and discussion:
How would you describe sowing to the flesh? How would you describe sowing to the Spirit?
Do you think that the reaping described in these verses happens now, happens in eternity, or both? Why?
What good are you in danger of giving up doing?
How does the phrase “as we have opportunity” help you to not be overwhelmed?
What do you think that it means to boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ?
How would you describe Paul’s statement that through the cross “the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world?”
What outward spiritual practices might we be in danger of elevating, that ultimately don’t matter?
Is there any way which you are avoiding suffering for Jesus through compromise?
How did Paul’s suffering lend credibility to the authenticity of his ministry?