Study Questions (Suggested time: 40 min)
Please complete these questions prior to your group’s meeting time.
1) Did any part of Bryan’s sermon stand out or resonate with you? How so?
2) After seeing so many people flock to Jesus throughout His entire ministry, the thought of losing Him was devastating to the disciples. However, in verse 7, we learn the “Helper” will be more advantageous to the disciples than Jesus living with them.
Read Galatians 5:13-18. (Tip: You’ll return to this chapter in the next question, so keep this chapter bookmarked.)
a. Where or what do you turn to in your moments of fear, failure, confusion, and defeat? Can you think of a recent example that you would be willing to share with the group?
b. In these moments, if you turn to something other than the Holy Spirit, what keeps you from turning to Him?
3) Last week, we learned that the world loves its own. However, we were chosen out of the world, and we are hated for it. This is because people don’t want their rats exposed to the light, but in verses 8-11, Jesus says the Helper will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness.
Read Galatians 5:19-26.
a. In what ways (actions or beliefs) or places (environments or gatherings) do you find yourself falling more in step with the culture than the Spirit?
b. What are the reasons you find yourself doing that? (Fear of persecution, wanting to be liked, avoid conflict, lack of belief, etc.)
c. What would it look like in these moments to follow the Helper and not the current of the culture?
4) Even though we were called out of this world, liberated from the ways of our flesh, and provided the scriptures, it can still be hard to know the will of God. Everything seems so murky! Making decisions can be hard when the cultural narrative and the desires of our flesh are so loud. But in John 16:13-15, Jesus says the Spirit of truth will help bring clarity.
a. What would look different if the Holy Spirit suddenly left you?
b. What do you feel is missing in your relationship and dependence on the Spirit? What’s one thing you can do this week to become more dependent on the Spirit?
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