For many when we look to our religion it can seem trapping. Like we are enslaved to a set of rules. Yet we must view ourselves like children. In the same way in our faith we know that someday we will inherit what God has determined for us. For the Israelites they were under the law, but then Christ came and fulfilled the law on our behalf. There was an idea that in order to be close to God we must follow the rules and yet we could never hold to them. Now because of Christ we have been adopted as sons and daughters of God. We are no longer enslaved by the law but free in Christ. Live today as Sons and daughters of God. Do not be trapped in a vicious cycle of trying to be morally good enough. We should strive to be like Christ, but we must not feel as though this is how we get to God. Cry out to your heavenly father. Do not feel like a slave who must adhere to a set of rules. Be like a child and just as a child wants to make their parents proud so too must we.
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ WHAT is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?
SING + PRAY
Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER [ Galatians 4:1-9 ] In Large group
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
+ What comparison does Vs. 1 make?
+ What are children enslaved to in Vs. 3?
+ What did God do in Vs. 4?
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?
+ What are we now?
+ What were we enslaved to?
+ What are we now in Vs. 9?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ Do you feel enslaved to rules? Does this make you feel not good enough?
+ How can you be like an heir, a child, adopted by God today instead of someone enslaved by rules?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)