- Who is someone you would describe as full of God? Why would you describe them in that way?
- This week, we continue exploring life in the Holy Spirit by looking at the Holy Spirit’s character, or fruits, in our lives. Whether on your own or with a group, begin your study by asking God to speak to you. Read the Galatians 5:13-26 out loud.
- There is a lot of talk about freedom these days. When you read Paul’s words in Galatians 5:13-15, how does Paul describe freedom in Jesus Christ and what does he say is the purpose of that freedom?
- Compare what Paul writes in Galatians 5:14-15 with 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13 and Colossians 3:12-14. What is the central aspect in the life of God’s people? How would you say that comes to have central place in our lives? How are you doing with that?
- In Galatians 5:16-18, Paul outlines the fundamental conflict that exists between the ‘flesh’ and the ‘Spirit’ in the Christian life. How does he describe it? What does this mean for us in daily living?
- Use Galatians 5:19-21 as a mirror in your life. What ‘acts of the flesh’ are at work in your life? What aspects of your life (e.g., relationships, finances, sexuality) do you need to ask God to purify and change?
- In Galatians 5:22-26, Paul outlines the fruits of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives. How does Paul say that these things develop in us? In what areas of your life does new spiritual fruit need to grow?
- What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you from this study? Write these things down. If you are in a small group, discuss this together. Take time to pray that you will grow in love.
[Next week: We will continue our series on the Holy Spirit by exploring the topic, “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit.” You can prepare by reading Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:1-16.]