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Galatians 3:1-5

Paul makes a bold statement and follows it with questions, highlighting an encounter with the Holy Spirit. Paul is reminding readers that once we experience the Spirit, there is evidence of a new life in Christ.

Reflect

By water and Spirit, your baptism initiated you into a new community. What might be different if you claimed your baptism is your call to ministry? Remember, the ministry of the ordained is only one form of ministry. We are all called to ministry.

Respond

Follow Jesus

Today, consider the ways you have experienced Jesus’ grace and power. This may come to you in the form of a specific event or season of your life. Consider how baptism by water and the Spirit change how you live your life. Then, consider how Jesus’ grace and power meets you in the midst of this ordinary day. What transformation has occurred as a result of God’s grace and power?

Pray

Come, Holy Spirit, come. Break into my day anew and guide me to become a person of grace, filled with your wisdom and power. All for your fame and glory, Lord, Amen.

Celebrate

What evidence of transformation exists in your life, the local church, and/or your local community?

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 3 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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Galatians 6:1-5

Paul is talking about how the Spirit governs our lives in our social relationships. Walking in the Spirit requires more than choosing when, where, and whom we will love and serve.

Reflect

As we are free from the law as a way of salvation, we are free to live out acts of Christian love to fulfill the love of Christ.  We have both an individual responsibility before God and a shared responsibility for each other in the congregation.

Consider today how your individual responsibility before God interacts with shared responsibilities within the Christian community.

Respond

Follow Jesus

Consider today how your individual responsibility before God interacts with shared responsibilities within the Christian community.

You’ve been on a journey. In this final week of following Jesus every day, reflect on where this journey began for you. Are you more focused on your individual piety or shared responsibility of social holiness? Today, may the scripture reading guide you.

Pray

Holy God, thank you for deepening my relationship with you and helping me respond to others with loving kindness. Amen.

Celebrate

Where did you respond to God’s love today? In searching the scripture? In serving others? Somewhere in between?

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 6 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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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.

Reflect

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.     

Respond

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:
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    • Your idea:

Pray

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.

Celebrate

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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Galatians 4:1-2

For Paul, the person who is enslaved to the law is still a child. The person who learns the way of grace is a mature, full-grown person in the Christian faith.

Reflect

Consider your faith journey. When did God’s grace become real to you? How are you still growing in grace and becoming more like Jesus?

Respond

Follow Jesus

Today, take note of your words, actions, and attitudes. Notice when you are grace-filled and when you are not grace-filled.

Pray

Lord Jesus, I want to be more like you. Help me to continue growing in grace and reflecting your love to the people I encounter. Amen.

Celebrate

Where did you see or embody God’s grace today?

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.)

Prayers Galatians 4 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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Galatians 3

The source of our identity is found in our union with Christ that happens in baptism. One life ended and a new life began.

Reflect

Consider what makes you unique. How have your differing life experiences been a gift to the body of Christ? When have you experienced differences being a source of competition or division? What does this passage help us understand about how our differences can be a gift?

Respond

Follow Jesus

Today, consider what unique gift, experience, perspective, etc. you bring to the Christian community. As a follower of Jesus, how does this attribute or experience come to life for you? Not sure? Ask someone you trust! Yes, YOU are unique. There is only ONE you.

Pray

Lord Jesus, thank you for the privilege of celebrating the unity, identity, and purpose I find in the Christian community. Amen.

Celebrate

What unique gift, experience, perspective, etc. do you bring to the Christian community? Did you have the opportunity to share it today? How?

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 3 prayers 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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Galatians 3:25-29

Baptized followers of Jesus are cleansed, clothed and made one with Christ. Through baptism, followers of Jesus are united with Christ and heirs to God’s promise.

Reflect

To what extent is your identity grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ (the life, death and resurrection of Jesus)?

Respond

Follow Jesus

As you prepare for the day, ask yourself, “What am I “wearing” today that shows the love of Christ to others and reminds me I am a child of God, united with Christ?”

Pray

Holy God, thank you for clothing me with Christ and bringing me into the fellowship of the Christian community. I stand amazed at your ability to unite what this world seeks to divide. Thank you for including me in your mission, Lord! Amen.

Celebrate

What confirmation did you receive today that you were clothed with Christ or one with Christ? Where did you miss the opportunity to live into being one with Christ?

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 3 prayers 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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Galatians 3:15-18

Paul offers a new argument for those seeking to sway the Galatians. He compares God’s covenantal promise spoken to Abraham to a human “last will and testament” that can’t be annulled by a third party. Note: this argument had a limited, temporary purpose for Paul.

Reflect

God acts freely to give grace and blessing through promise, not through the Law. God’s freely promised grace is hindered when the Law comes between people. Where have rules divided instead of unified people?

Respond

Follow Jesus

Notice where rules are helpful today and where they inhibit actions, conversation, and even connection between people. Consider personal, congregational, community, and/or global examples.

Pray

Lord Jesus, I am grateful you are the heir to the promised inheritance. Time and history offer perspective to see the ways God has and continues to be at work through the generations. Thank you for the privilege of being one with you and my brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen.

Celebrate

Today is a three-part celebration: 1) Where were rules helpful today? 2) Where did rules get in the way today? 3) Where did you encounter God’s grace today? Let’s try to celebrate three things today!

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 3 PrayerTransforming 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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Galatians 3:19-24

Everything Paul has been speaking about in Chapter 3 leads to the question, “So why was the Law given?” God used the Law to lock all things up under sin so that what is promised might be given through Jesus.

Reflect

Living on this side of Christ’s death and resurrection, we are in a new time. We anticipate Christ’s coming again. We don’t need to live under the supervision of the Law because the Law has served its purpose. The Law is not evil or opposed to God. But it also doesn’t define the order of life today for Jesus followers. Consider where being a follower of Jesus set you apart.

Respond

Follow Jesus

You have a choice today: follow the ways of the world or the way of Christ. What difference does being a follower Jesus make in your life?

 

Pray

Lord Jesus, you meet me where I am and invite me to become more like you. Thank you for forgiving me and nurturing me to become more like You. Guide my words and actions this day so I may offer your love to others. Amen.

Celebrate

What did you do, say, or believe to be true today because of your faith in Jesus Christ?

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 3 Prayer 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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Galatians 3:10-14

Before you say, “Huh?” know this is a difficult passage…even for seasoned Biblical scholars. Consider this passage in relationship to verses 6-9. Paul is still responding to how Gentiles can receive the blessing first promised to Abraham.

Reflect

First Paul claims Scripture pronounced a curse on those who rely on the Law (v.10). Then he argues one Scripture against another Scripture (v.10-11 see Lev 18:5, Hab 2:4, and Deut 21:23). And then he uses Deuteronomy to say the crucified Christ was a curse. The complexity of this passage could be the subject of a dissertation. In Christ, Abraham’s blessing comes to the Gentiles and we (Jews and Gentiles together) receive the Spirit.

Respond

Follow Jesus

We all have days we’re tempted to curse. Maybe you don’t. The rest of us are still on that journey! Today, focus on the blessings that come your way…even if you’re tempted to curse.

Pray

Lord Jesus, I thank you for the saints who have gone before me. I celebrate the blessings that I have received and seek only to become more like you. Amen.

Celebrate

What blessing came your way today?

If none…consider the question again after you give us your best gif or emoji for when you’re so frustrated you want to curse. Keep it clean, friends. Kids may be watching! And, yes, Paul is using curse in a different way. We’re just having a little fun at a point in this journey that it can get challenging.

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 3 Prayers 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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or Review Galatians 2 

Finish these statements as many times as possible:

Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I…

Because of God’s grace, I…

Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I…

Because of God’s grace, I…

Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I…

Because of God’s grace, I…

Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I…

Because of God’s grace, I…

Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I…

Because of God’s grace, I…

Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I…

Because of God’s grace, I…

Keep going if you can!

Was one statement easier to complete? If yes, what made it easier?

Read Galatians 2 again in light of your responses.

Reflect

Circle your top three statements in your litany.

Respond

Follow Jesus

Claim one of the statements you completed above as your focus for the week ahead.

Pray

Because of you, Lord Jesus, I have encountered love. Your life, death, and resurrection, point me to the overwhelming power of your grace. Thank you for loving me and helping me become more like you. Amen.

Celebrate

Share the statement you chose to focus on living for the week ahead.

Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below.

Galatians 2

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.