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Review Galatians 6

Reflect

Chapter 6 is a continuation of Paul’s ethical teaching. By walking in the Spirit, we are free to live out acts of Christian love in everyday life situations. Because we belong to Christ and live out our responsibility as Christians, we are identified by the fruit of the Spirit. It is in the fruit we produce that we witness to who governs our lives. It is in and through our relationships that we live out our individual responsibility before God and our shared responsibility for each other in the congregation and the community.

Respond

Follow Jesus

You did it! For six weeks, you journeyed through reading, reflecting, and responding to God. While this journey may be ending, your journey with Christ continues. Consider how the next six weeks of your life with Christ will continue to help you grow in grace and bear the fruit of the spirit. Celebrate God’s grace at work in your life and the life of the local church. For forty-two days you’ve focused on following Jesus. Our encouragement is simple: Keep going!

Pray

Thank you, Lord. Thank you for the journey through Galatians. Thank you for speaking to me and through me and helping me to grow to become more like you. May all that I’ve experienced be used for your glory and the good of your people. Amen.

Celebrate

Where did you experience God’s grace today?

We’re celebrating each one of you. Thank you for the privilege of Following Jesus Every Day with you. Whether you responded daily on social media or never shared your response, we give God thanks for the journey of faith you’ve experienced. Know of our continued prayers for you and the ministry of the church. May the grace you experienced through the study of Galatians continue to guide you.

Grace and peace to you!

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Galatians 6 Transforming Mission

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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 6:17-18

Paul bore the scars of his missionary experience. He not only proclaimed the message of the cross; it was imprinted on his body. We may not be called upon to produce the marks Paul could produce, but there are marks which identify us.

Reflect

If we belong to Christ we are branded. Within the shared life of the people of God, the mark is the fruit of the Spirit. And in that body, the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ is received and shared. What mark identifies you as a follower of Jesus? As you journeyed through Galatians, how has that mark helped you identify God’s grace?

Respond

Follow Jesus

Paul points to the identifying mark of love throughout Galatians. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ guide your words, actions, and intentions today.

Pray

Jesus, all glory and honor are yours. Thank you for loving me for who I am and not leaving me where I am. Use me today to share your love with others. Amen.

Celebrate

Where did Christ’s love, the mark of the Spirit, show up in your life today?

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Galatians 6 Prayers Transforming Mission

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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 6:14-16

The old world was marked by distinctions and separation. One received one’s identity by polarized categories: Jew or Gentile, law-keeper or law-ignorer, male or female, slave or free.  The new world that came into being in Jesus Christ overcame the law and circumcision. It also overcame non-law and non-circumcision, religion and non-religion.

Reflect

Pay special attention today to the new thing(s) God is doing in your midst. What transformation are you and the community around you experiencing?

Respond

Follow Jesus

Ask your spouse or friend, “What new thing is happening in your life?” Perhaps you’ll also be able to speak to where you see the transformation happening in your life.

Pray

God you are making all things new. I praise you for the Spirit’s work in my life and the lives of the people I love. Continue to help us grow in grace. Amen.

Celebrate

What new thing is God doing in the midst of your life and the lives of others? What new thing did you hear about today?

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Galatians 6 prayers Transforming Mission

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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 6:11-13

Although Paul dictated his letters, he usually wrote a personal note at the end of the letter.  His concluding words are not warm and personal. Just as he began without thanksgiving, so he concludes without personal warmth or mentioning any names. Instead, he includes a summary of the message of the letter.

Reflect

Throughout Galatians, we’ve heard Paul contrast the law and grace. He offers one final reminder today that circumcision does not make someone faithful. Today, pay attention to the places in your life where you’re doing something simply to “look good” or seeking the approval of others.

Respond

Follow Jesus

Consider your relationships with family, friends, colleagues, the congregation and your local community. Which relationship(s) are inclined to be directed by rules? Which relationship(s) are inclined to be directed by grace? What makes the difference?

Pray

Jesus, fill me with grace. Help me to see the people I meet as individuals who are growing in grace. May all that I say and do today bring you glory and work for the good of the people I meet. Amen.

Celebrate

Where did you see, experience, and/or embody grace today?

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Galatians 6 Prayers Transforming Mission

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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 6:9-10

Paul urges mutual care for those in the family of faith. Although the family of faith includes members of the Christian community, Christian concern is not limited to taking care of the needs of church members. It is directed to all.

Reflect

The church is in the world to represent God’s care for the whole world, whether or not the world responds. Given your responsibilities today, when will you offer care for someone else? Consider the unscheduled times of your day as an opportunity to reach out to someone who needs encouragement or care.

Respond

Follow Jesus

Who in your life and community needs encouragement or care today? Who is on your heart? Offer the person to God in prayer. Seek to understand how you can respond today. Then, do it!

Pray

Lord Jesus, you know the needs of the people around me. Use me to be an instrument of loving-kindness today and always. Amen.

Celebrate

Who encouraged you today? Who did you encourage or offer care to today?

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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 6:6-8

Paul is reminding the Galatians, and us, the harvest is relevant to both our spiritual development and describes our destiny.

Reflect

Daily life involves a constant choice between what vies for our attention. Be mindful that we pattern our lives and mold our character by the choices we make.Consider what you’re planting and harvesting. Do your choices focus on the selfless character of Christ? If no, what may need to change?

Respond

Follow Jesus

Consider your responsibilities today. What seeds can you plant in your life and the lives of others today?

Pray

Holy God, I confess some days I scatter seeds, some days I hoard seeds, and some days I plant seeds with love. Use me today to plant seeds that will yield a harvest of love in my life and our community. Amen.

Celebrate

What seeds did you or others plant today?

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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 5:24-26

Paul reviews his theological foundation as it supports his ethical living.

Reflect

In Christ, we have crucified our self-indulgence. In Christ, we live in the Spirit.  So, if we live in the Spirit, let us live the life of love. And now you know why we’ve been practicing this all week!

Respond

Follow Jesus

Share God’s love today with someone who is hurting (physically, emotionally, and or/ spiritually). Bear the fruit of love in a hurting world. If you’ve already responded in this way throughout the week, respond as God leads you today.

Pray

God, it is so easy to say, “live a life of love” and so much harder to do it. Show me your will and your ways so I can be more loving today than I was yesterday. Amen.

Celebrate

How did you share God’s love today? Was it a challenge or did it come easy?

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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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Review Galatians 5

Reflect

After laying a theological foundation, Paul moves to Christian ethics.  He begins with the responsibility of freedom. He illustrates by using the images of “flesh” and “Spirit” to contrast freedom as self-indulgence with freedom as walking in the life of the Spirit.

He shows the conflicting tension between the two powers. His point is a life lived in Christ, led by the Holy Spirit, is a life of love that reveals itself in behaviors of love. When you are in Christ and are moved by the Spirit, the unexpected acts of Christian love come in response to God’s grace.

Respond

Follow Jesus

Take one more opportunity to practice sharing God’s love today. Today your challenge is to share God’s love with someone where you worship. Consider the person who may not hear words of love and appreciation.

Then, consider your thoughts, feelings, and actions from the past week. How did your actions, and attitudes create an atmosphere of love? Remember it’s called costly grace for a reason!

Pray

Almighty and everlasting God, thank you for giving me the opportunity this week to respond to the love you first offered to me. I celebrate the ways you help me grow in grace. Amen.

Celebrate

Way to go! God’s love multiplied through you throughout the week. Share your reflections from today or this week.

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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 5:22-23

Paul continues his illustration with the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit, not the internal conscience of the believer.  The Spirit generates a singular fruit, love. Love is not one “virtue” or “ideal” among others. It is the care for others expressed on concrete acts of unselfishness.

Reflect

Love is the mainspring of all the other activities. There is no law against the fruit of the Spirit. When you are in Christ and are moved by the Spirit, the unexpected acts of Christian love will come in response to God’s grace.

Respond

Follow Jesus

If you’re sensing a theme about responding to the text with acts of love and compassion, there is a good reason. It’s all through this chapter. Pick one of the other expressions of love you identified on Monday. May your act of love come in response to God’s grace.

Pray

Lord Jesus, help me to bear the fruit of love. Thank you for loving me as I am and guiding me to bear fruit in my relationships with you, our congregation, and the community. Amen.

Celebrate

How did you respond to God’s love today? Let us know how you shared God’s love with someone today.

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Galatians 5 Prayers for Fruit of Love 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 5:16-21

Paul illustrates his point by contrasting freedom as self-indulgence with freedom as walking in the life of the Spirit. He uses the images of “flesh” and “spirit” as a way of talking about the Christian life lived in the conflicting tension between two powers.

Reflect

The works of the “flesh” are not to be seen as products of our “lower nature” but as the results of the power of sin at work in the Christian community.  Self-indulgence destroys relationships and community not only by acts of immorality but by generating socially acceptable and even admired, sins that divide into cliques.

Respond

Follow Jesus

The Spirit establishes our identity as followers of Jesus. Today, seek to share God’s love with someone by speaking the truth IN LOVE. Consider the question, “What is the most loving way I can express what I am thinking and feeling?” Then do it.  Continue to use your reflections from Monday to guide you.

Pray

Come Holy Spirit and guide me to live in alignment with you. Speak to my heart and help my words to be filled with grace. When I miss the mark and focus on the flesh, remind me who I am in you. Then, help me to live a life of love. Amen.

Celebrate

How did you respond to God’s love today? Did the fleshy part of you inhibit your response in any way?

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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.