Bearing One’s Own Load

Galatians, Sermon Preparation

April 11, 2010 – Morning Worship

Monday Galatians 6:1-10 (esp. vss. 3-5)
In Galatians 6:1-5, what does it mean to “bear his own load”?

Tuesday Daniel 4; Proverbs 11:2; 16:18-19
“Pride goes before destruction” – what does that mean? How can you apply it in your life?

Wednesday I Peter 5:5-6; Matthew 20:20-26; II Samuel 7:8-18
How can we “humble” ourselves? Isn’t that what others do for us? How do you do it in your own life?

Thursday Ezekiel 16; Matthew 7:1-6, 12; Romans 7:21-25
What should we always remember when we have opportunity to restore others? (Galatians 6:1)

Friday John 21:20-23; Joshua 24:14-28; I Samuel 8:1-9; Matthew 22:37-40
In “bearing our own load” we have to keep from doing what? And make sure we do what?

Saturday Jeremiah 9:23-24; I Corinthians 1:26-31; Isaiah 44:6-23
Is it proper for Christians to boast? In what or whom? How can we do that in our lives?

You, Who are Spiritual

Galatians, Sermon Preparation

March 28, 2010 – Morning Worship

Monday Galatians 6:1-10 (esp. vss. 1-2); Proverbs 15:1-2; 25:11-13
How does Paul describe “you who are spiritual”? What do they do? Does it describe you?

Tuesday Psalm 51; Romans 7:7-25; Philippians 2:3-4; I Timothy 1:15
It is often hard to “restore those caught in a sin” with a “spirit of gentleness.” How might these passages help?

Wednesday II Samuel 12:1-14; Matthew 3:7-10; 19:16-22
To restore another does not mean to overlook or make light of what? How can you apply this?

Thursday Ezekiel 34:1-10; John 10:1-18
What do these passages teach us about how to care for one another in Christ’s Church?

Friday Ephesians 5:1-2; Deuteronomy 8; Matthew 5:43-48
In dealing gently and kindly with one another, we should imitate God – Ephesians 5:1. Describe what this should look like in our lives.

Saturday Matthew 11:28-30; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; John 13:1-20
How does “bearing one another’s burdens” fulfill the law of Christ? How can you grow in doing this?

The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians, Sermon Preparation

March 21, 2010 – Morning Worship

Monday Galatians 5:16-26 (esp. vss. 22-26); Leviticus 19
See how faith in the Lord affects our conduct in the world. How is this true of you?

Tuesday Matthew 5:13-16; 7:15-27; John 15:1-17
God desires us to be fruitful? What does that mean? How do we do that? How do you do that?

Wednesday Isaiah 5; John 15:2, 6
See these warnings against unfruitfulness. What can we learn from these?

Thursday Galatians 5:22-23; I Corinthians 13
See these lists describing the fruit of the spirit and Christian love. How does your life compare? Examine yourself and/or ask someone else.

Friday Galatians 5:26; Matthew 20:20-28; Daniel 4; James 4:1-4
“Let us not become conceited” – do we really need that warning? Why? Why is conceit so wrong for us? What are its consequences?

Saturday Romans 4; James 2
Compare these two chapters. Are we saved by faith or by works? How do they fit together?

You Will Know Them by Their Fruit

Galatians, Sermon Preparation

March 14, 2010 – Morning Worship

Monday Galatians 5:16-26 (esp. vss. 19-21); Psalm 15; Matthew 7:15-23
What does it mean that “you will recognize them by their fruits”? What are your fruits? How can we be more fruitful?

Tuesday I Samuel 15:1-23; Acts 5:1-11
See how easy it is to deny or rationalize our sins. Examine yourself and see if there are areas of denial or rationalizations for sin that you need to deal with.

Wednesday Job 1; Luke 4:1-13; Romans 7:7-25; I Peter 2:11
We have a powerful and cunning spiritual enemy and are at war. Why is this hard for us to believe? Or is it?

Thursday Deuteronomy 7; Ephesians 6:10-20; I John 4:4
How should we prepare for the warfare we are in? What should encourage us and give us confidence? Have you experienced this in your daily lives?

Friday Titus 2:11-14; II Peter 3:8-11; Matthew 5
We are to seek to live holy, righteous and good lives in the world. Why? We are saved by grace and not by works; so why the commands to live holy lives?

Saturday Psalms 26, 139; John 3:21
Consider Psalms 26:2; 139:23-24; John 3:21. Is this what you desire God to do in your life? Why is this hard to do? Why is this so good to do? Is this your prayer?

Walk by the Spirit

Galatians, Sermon Preparation

March 7, 2010 – Morning Worship

Monday Galatians 5:13-25 (esp. vss. 14-18); Judges 2
Compare these two passages. How are they alike? How do they apply to you?

Tuesday John 13:1-20, 31-35; Leviticus 19:9-18
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” What does that mean? How do you do that in your sphere of influence?

Wednesday Galatians 5:15; Proverbs 20:22; 24:29; Matthew 5:38-48; James 4:1-4
“If you bite and devour one another…” What does that mean? How might we do that in church? Why is it so bad?

Thursday Galatians 5:17; Romans 7:7-25; Psalm 51
What keeps us from doing the things we want to do? What should we do about it?

Friday Deuteronomy 6; John 14:15-31; 16:5-15
What does it mean to walk in the spirit? How do we do that? Or does it just happen on its own?

Saturday Deuteronomy 9:1-3; I Samuel 17; I Peter 5:8-9; I John 4:4
Our enemies are so powerful and relentless; how can we resist and fight? How can we keep from being discouraged?