Putting Fruit into Practice

Date of talk: 
Sunday, 5 March 2017
Paul Harrison
Bible verse: 
Galatians 6:1

On Sunday we continued our series preaching through the book of Galatians.  This week we looked at Galatians 6:1.  In the first part of chapter 6, Paul takes the fruit of the Spirit that he outlined in chapter 5 and begins to show practically what it looks like for a community to live out the fruit of the Spirit in how they interact together.  Galatians 6:1 speaks about how we are to challenge one another on sin, not with a big hammer, in the style of Jeremy Clarkson, but rather with love, patience and gentleness.  The aim is always to restore one another to walking in line with the Spirit who brings new life and beauty into us as we do.

For discussion: 
  1. What spoke to you / encouraged you / challenged you from Sunday’s sermon?
  1. Challenging one another on sin in the right way is a difficult, and yet biblical, thing to do.  How can we help each other to grow in it?
  1. How, as individuals, do we live for the good of the wider church?  How, as a community, do we care for and nurture individuals?
  1. 2 Corinthians 5:16 says ‘From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh.’  What does it look like practically to regard one another according to the new creations we are, rather than according to the flesh?