What Does it Mean to be “In Christ”? Galatians 5:6 1) We are chosen and _____________ (Ephesians 1:4-5) 2) We are made ______________ (2 Corinthians 5:21) 3) We are _____________ (Romans 8:1) 4) We are ____________ (Ephesians 1:7) 5) We are set ___________ (Romans 8:2) 6) We are brought ________ (Ephesians 2:13) 7) We are _________ (Galatians 3:28) 8) We are __________ (Ephesians 1:3) 9) We are ___________ (Ephesians 1:13-14) 10) We are new ___________ (2 Corinthians 5:17) 11) We are ____________ (1 Corinthians 1:2) 12) We are _____________ (Ephesians 2:10) 13) We are _________ of His body (Romans 12:4-5) 14) We will be made ___________ (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) 15) We will be ______________ (Ephesians 2:6-7)
The Danger of Legalism Galatians 5:1-6 I) What is ____________________? II) What is the ____________ with circumcision? A) Nothing, if you are already a _________! B) The problem is, if you are doing it now, and you think that it will contribute to your _______________ 1) You are ____________ Christ’s power to deal with sin 2) You are trusting in ___________ 3) You are taking on the ___________ of the law III) What does keeping the ___________ law entail? A) ____________ B) ____________ C) ____________ IV) What is the __________ of living this way? A) Living with __________ B) Living with _________ C) Living in _________ D) Because you lose a Biblical understanding of __________ V) Is this possible outside of a ___________ context? VI) How are we supposed to live lives of _________? A) In _________ B) Relying on the Holy ____________ C) Waiting with expectant _________ D) And it doesn’t _________ who we are or where we come from. All that matters is Jesus Christ!
Grace Brings us Home! Galatians 4:21-5:1 I) We see the importance of retaining what we’ve been __________ II) There is an Old Testament foundation for ____________ III) There can be a deeper meaning in some Scripture passages A) Paul says he is presenting an _____________ Allegory needs to be a ___________ reading out not a fanciful reading in B) Paul’s allegory comes from ____________ itself, which is the safest way to figure it out! C) Paul is using Isaiah 54:1 (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit), to reveal an important ____________ IV) There is a massive difference between law and ___________ A) The Old Testament _____________ 1) Abraham was called by God with a promise to make him a great ___________ 2) Abraham began to ___________ how this was going to happen 3) _____________ and Abraham decide to take matters into their own hands 4) God rebukes them and reiterates that Sarah’s son will be his __________ B) The New Testament _______________ V) ____________ makes us residents of the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem A) _______________ was looking for that city B) All the Old Testament __________ were looking for that city C) We are ___________ residents of that city! D) We will be __________ residents of that city! E) And all our trials and problems will be _________ once we reside there! VI) Relying on the law means that your ____________ is gone (and maybe your new home)
Leading in Love Galatians 4:12-20 I) We recognize Paul’s ongoing _________ for the church II) Paul reminds the Galatians (again!) that Jesus is ____________ III) Paul also reminds them of their ________ for him A) Paul came to them in _____________ B) It was a _________ to them C) But they didn’t ________ him! D) They received him with _______! E) Shows that the ________ was at work IV) Paul encourages them to ___________ the false teachers A) Paul wonders if they will choose the _________ teaching over his teaching B) Paul points out that the false teacher have wrong __________ V) Paul reminds them that ________ is important, but that it needs to be for God/grace! A) ___________ for God is the greatest commandment B) And without ____________ we couldn’t know God! C) Paul wants them to remain ____________ even when he’s not there! VI) Leading in love does require _________________! VII) Leading in love requires ____________ VIII) Leading in love requires us to be honest about the _______________ in our lives A) Our _____________ in the face of suffering points others to the power of God within us B) ____________ in our lives help us to rely on God’s power, not our power C) By getting through our suffering, we can ______ others who are going through suffering
Challenging the Idols in our Lives Galatians 4:8-11 I) We were formerly ____________ to false idols A) What is _________ referring to? 1) ________ gods 2) ____________ powers, spiritual beings 3) Principles and pursuits in life that end up ____________ us B) What are the ___________ in life that can end up controlling us? 1) _______________ (pride) 2) The desire for ____________ 3) ____________ (“I did it my way!”) 4) ____________ addictions 5) _______________ 6) ________________ (Idleness) 7) __________ (physical addictions) 8) ______________ 9) ____________ (law) II) But now we know _____________! III) Because God _________us! 1) God took the ______________ to make us His 2) And we are His ______________! IV) Do we really want to go back to ____________? A) Even though we are now God’s children, we are constantly ___________ against those things that can take us away from Him 1) ____________ 2) ______________ of man 3) _________________ 4) Earthly knowledge and ________________ 5) ____________ 6) ____________ 7) Autonomy & ___________ 8) ____________ B) Matthew 6:24 provides a _________ to see if we are following God properly C) 1 Corinthians 10:6-14 gives us some ____________
Inheriting the Kingdom! Galatians 4:1-7 I) We were _______________ II We have now received our ________________ III) And it’s because of __________ Christ! A) He came in the ____________ of time B) He was sent by _________ C) He is __________ D) He is ___________ E) He became our ____________________ F) And He ___________ in our place G) So that we could be ___________________ H) And we are now children who have received our _________________! IV) We now have the _______________! V) And we have a _______________
Becoming Children of God Galatians 3:26-29 I) We are saved through _________! II) We are now “______ Christ Jesus!” III) ______________ is a sign of our belief! IV) We are now ______________ of God! V) We have put off immaturity for _____________! VI) Believers are all _____________ now! A) What this does ________ say: 1) It does not say there are no differences between the ____________ 2) It does not say that there are no differences in _________ in society, marriage, or the church B) What this __________ say: 1) It emphasizes _______________ 2) It emphasizes “unity in diversity” through the ___________ 3) It is a reminder of the essential _____________ of God that underlies mankind 4) It is a reminder that the ____________ should lead the way in treating all people with dignity and respect 5) And the _____________ becomes our model for how we experience unity regardless of role, gender, or class VII) Believers, both Jew and Gentile, are the true heirs to God’s ___________ to Abraham A) Promise was fulfilled in ____________ B) It _____________ to us because we are “in Christ”
The Nature of the Law Galatians 3:19-25 I) Why then the _________? A) The law could not give us the _________ (3:1-5) B) The law could not make someone ______________ (3:6-9) C) The law could only ___________ (3:10-12) D) The law did not ____________ the promise (3:15-18) II) The law reveals our ________________ III) The law is _______________ IV) The law is ________________ to the promise V) The law doesn’t bring __________ VI) The law can’t bring ________________ VII) The law is a ___________ until we mature VIII) The law has a new __________ in the lives of believers A) Does the _______ have any place at all? B) The law reveals _______ C) The law serves as a __________ D) But we now live under the law of Christ, led by the Spirit, which holds us to a ________ standard
Thank God He Keeps His Promises! Galatians 3:15-18 I) God made a __________ to Abraham A) In fact, God made _________ promises to Abraham B) But we are concerned with ________ promise in particular II) And a promise is a _____________! A) Even human beings recognize that agreements are __________! B) If human agreements are binding, just think about __________! III) The _________ doesn’t change that promise A) The promise came _________! B) The ________ came long after! C) If human agreements can’t be changed, then __________ certainly won’t be! IV) There is __________ to the promise than first appears V) The promise is ultimately ___________ in Jesus Christ! A) ________ is not necessarily single, but can be seen as single B) Some think that Paul is using questionable ___________ interpretation C) But he is really bringing out the ________ theological meaning VI) God’s promise is what provides the _____________! VII) What has God promised to ________ us as an inheritance? A) __________________ (Eph 2:4-5) B) __________________ life (John 4:14) C) __________________ life (2 Cor 5:17) D) __________________ life (John 10:10) E) Spiritual _________________ (Eph 1:3) F) The _____________ (Eph 1:13-14) G) The ___________ of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) H) _________________ (Php 4:19) I) __________________ (2 Cor 1:4) J) ___________________ (Matt 11:28) K) ___________________ (Php 4:6-7) L) ____________________ (1 Peter 1:3) M) ___________________ (Rom 8:28) N) ___________________ (Php 1:6) O) Eternal _____________ (John 10:28) P) Eternal _____________ (John 14:2-3)
We Must be Born Again! 1 Peter 1:3-7 I) We are Reminded that God is to be ____________! A) We have a subtle recognition of the _____________ II) Because He has Caused us to be ________ Again! A) We are Born Again Because of His _________ B) We are Born Again to a Living __________ 1) If there is no ___________, then everything is hopeless and meaningless 2) Instead, the ___________ of the resurrection means hope and life! C) We are Born Again to an ____________ 1) A _________________, pure, perpetual inheritance 2) Which is kept and ___________ for us! III) And we Rejoice Even in the Midst of ___________ A) We will experience ____________ B) But these trials will only last a _________ while C) And we will ________________! D) We will be refined like ___________! E) And we praise _______ for what he has done in/for us!