Galatians 5, Day 1

Galatians 5 Transforming Mission


Galatians 5:2-6

Faith energized by love, and not religious law keeping, is the essence of the Christian life. Observance of the law cannot be added to faith in Christ as an extra religious accomplishment.


Salvation cannot be both by grace and, even partially, by our religious achievement. For Paul, to submit to the law is to reject the way of God’s grace. The hope of righteousness assures us of God’s forgiveness. It is the hope in what Christ has begun within us will be completed.     


Follow Jesus

Brainstorm 10 ways faith can be expressed in love. Make it a list of things you actually WANT to do and WILL do. This isn’t about earning God’s love. It’s about responding to God’s love. Consider how God’s grace impacts your life and then respond. Use the list of questions and ideas below as a springboard. How will you respond to God’s love this week? Choose one action to do today. We’ll return to your list tomorrow, so keep it close by. And, yes, additions, edits, and changes are welcome throughout the week!

How do you respond to God’s love?

  • How do you respond to the love you experience from God?
    • make a phone call to express your love, care and/or appreciation of someone
  • What nurtures your soul?
    • treat someone to a meal out
    • Share a book you enjoy with someone
  • Who helps you see God in unique and beautiful ways?
    • do a chore around the house that someone else usually cares for
    • Offer words of encouragement and thanks
  • Who do you appreciate for their authenticity, transparency, and courage? How can you show it?
    • write a note of appreciation (envelope, paper, and stamp are needed 😉
  • What ministry helps you express your faith?
    • serve at a local ministry
  • Who in the church needs a reminder they are loved?
    • call on a shut-in from the church
  • Who in the church, your family, or among your friends are overwhelmed by life?
    • offer to babysit for a young family
    • offer to care for a school-age child while parents run an afterschool errand
  • Who is facing a tough time because of health, finances, or relationships?
    • drive a neighbor to a doctor visit
    • spend time with someone you know is lonely
  • Who needs a reminder they are appreciated?
    • surprise someone with their favorite coffee/tea/soda
  • Who has a birthday, anniversary, or “today’s your special day…because I said so! :)”
    • Make someone their favorite sweet treat
  • Your question:
    • Your idea:
  • Your question:
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  • Your question:
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Lord Jesus, thank you for loving me so I might share your love with others. Use me today to share my faith in love. Amen.


How did you share God’s love today? Where did you see God’s love today? Share your list of responses to God’s love with others.

Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below or in the Facebook group (You’ll find a link to request to join in your confirmation email. Not registered? Sign-up here.)

Galatians 5 Transforming Mission


Extra Thoughts

If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.

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