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Hold Back or Open Up? – Authentic Christianity

Authentic ChristianityPaul devoted his first letter incorporated into Scripture to passionately refuting the claims of Jewish agitators.

They were telling converts from his first missionary journey that they must conform to Jewish law to insure right standing with God.

Paul insisted that, empowered by the Spirit, they had been set free from the power of sin, set free to love and serve Christ and others.

Interact with God’s Word:  Galatians 6:1-3

  1. After assuring his Gentile readers that weren’t subject to Jewish ceremonial law, Paul speaks (v. 2) of obeying the law of Christ. What do you think he is referring to?
  2. As Christians, how do we practically share each other’s troubles and problems?
  3. Why (v. 3) are we not excused from helping each other?
  4. How about being on the receiving end? Should any Christian ever think he is totally independent and doesn’t need help from others?
  5. Think of a Christian brother (v. 1) who needs correction or encouragement. How could you gently and humbly reach out to that person?

Spend Time in Prayer:  Ask God to help you to move beyond self-centeredness to the interdependent godliness that Paul describes in these vers

Galatians 6:1-3

1 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Prayer for the Week: Lord, help me to live an authentic faith for all to see.

 

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