It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. These are some of the most powerful and important words of the New Testament. The Grace of God through Jesus Christ sets us free to live in fellowship with God and with others. If only it were that simple. The book of Galatians is proof that being set free by Jesus does not mean that we will automatically live well in that freedom. Sadly, many of us freely chose to return to slavery.
At what times in your life have you experienced the most freedom? What was it about those times that made you free?
In Galatians 5:1, Paul says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” How does this statement compare to how most people view and understand Christianity? Why do you think that is?
In Galatians, Paul is addressing a specific 1st Century problem of returning to the Jewish Law as a way to earn God’s favor. What are ways that we leave grace to try to win God’s favor in the 21st Century?
Galatians 5:4 says that those who try to justify themselves by the law are “severed from Christ” and have “fallen away from Grace.” What does this mean? What cannot it not mean if we take to heart the whole of what Paul is saying?
Read Galatians 5:1-3 and 13. According to these verses, what are the two ways that we can fail to live in the freedom of Christ? How do we successfully live in the freedom of Christ? What does this look like?