The hard questions in this study may take more than one session to fully discuss. This stuff is too important to rush through.
1. Paul cautions we who were freed by Christ not to be burdened again by the yoke of slavery, the Law. Explain how you feel Christians today either live in the freedom of Christ or the slavery of the Law.
2. How do you feel the belief that we are justified by obeying rules and ceremonies (the Law) alienates us from Christ?
3. Paul says, "the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love." How have the Christians you know expressed their faith? Is it a set of rules and "holy" days or a life of love that's their priority? What's your priority?
4. Where you worship, would anyone be allowed to tell someone to go emasculate themselves? Why/why not?
5. Explain how just the 10 commandments (rather than the whole Law) is summed up by the command "Love your neighbor as yourself."
6. Paul calls for us to not gratify the desires of the sinful nature, that if we live like this, we will not inherit the kingdom of God. How many of these things have you seen regularly practiced in your church? ...in your life?
7. Paul calls us to live by the Spirit and produce certain fruits. How many of these fruits were evident in your actions and words over the last month?
8. Explain how the freedom of Christ, having crucified the sinful nature and living by the Spirit is different from obeying the Law.
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