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Bookmark and ShareLesson 13 – December 24The Gospel and the Church

Scripture Focus

Galatians 6:1-10; Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 10:12; Romans 15:1; John 13:34; Luke 22:3

Concept

Paul shares what the role of the church is as members follow Jesus and share the truth of the gospel. Paul also clearly directs the church on how to function.

Materials Needed

Magazines, scissors, glue, markers, poster paper

Connecting with the Scripture Topic

  1. The Galatian church had problems with Judaizers (legalists) who came to make sure that the church was following the law. Growing up, did you have a sibling, classmate, or friend who made sure you kept all the rules—and if you didn’t, would tell on you?
  2. Tell about a church you’ve visited that felt safe the first minute you walked in the door. What made it seem that way?

Sharing and Receiving Scripture

  1. How will knowing we are saved by grace make us humble, patient, and compassionate with each other?
  2. Thought Questions

Paul tells us as believers that we need to gently restore those caught in sin (see Galatians 6:1). But he also tells us to watch ourselves. Why?

  1. We can be too judgmental with others.
  2. We can be tricked by the devil.
  3. We can be too lazy to go after our fellow believers.
  4. We can be influenced by sinners.
  5. We are easily distracted.
  6. Other...

We are told to “carry each other’s burdens,” but also that “each one should carry his own load” (see Galatians 6:2-5). What does this mean?

  1. Paul wants us to care about each other.
  2. Paul wants us to show our faith through our actions.
  3. Paul wants us to give and not receive from the church body.
  4. Paul wants us to focus on others and not on ourselves.
  5. Paul wants to confuse us.
  6. Other...

Paul tells us that “a man reaps what he sows” (see Galatians 6:7-9). How does this apply to us as a church?

  1. What we give away is what we get back.
  2. How we relate to others is how they will relate to us.
  3. What we teach is what others will expect from us.
  4. How we give to God is how we will receive from God.
  5. How we forgive is how others will forgive us.
  6. Other...

Paul says that we need to do “good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (see Galatians 6:10). How are we to do “good” to each other?

  1. We need to see the best in each other.
  2. We need to be patient with each other.
  3. We need to forgive each other.
  4. We need to pray for God’s blessings on each other.
  5. We need to listen to each other.
  6. Other...

Applying the Message of Scripture

Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says time is up.

  • Option 1: Imagine that your group has been asked to come up with the top five values of your church. What would they be? Use pictures and phrases from magazines to illustrate your points; paste them on poster paper and then share your poster with the larger group.
  • Option 2: Imagine that your group has been asked to come up with the top five rules that the church was to follow in how they treated each other. What would they be? Use pictures and phrases from magazines to illustrate your points; paste them on poster paper and then share your poster with the larger group.
  • Option 3: Imagine that your group has been asked to come up with five ways to reach your community with the gospel of Jesus. What would they be? Use pictures and phrases from magazines to illustrate your points; paste them on poster paper and then share your poster with the larger group.

Valuing Scripture in Your Life

  1. Paul shares his views on the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it affects the church. How has the gospel of Jesus Christ transformed your life?
  2. Share your thoughts from Part A with another person in the group. Pray together for God’s blessings as you implement your new understanding of doing “good works.”

Next Week’s Scripture Focus

Galatians 6:11-18; Romans 6:1-6; 12:1-8; 2 Corinthians 4:10; 5:7; 11:23-29; 16

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