Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness, Self-Control

See the study on Love and Joy for a full introduction to our continuing study of the Fruit of the Spirit.  One paragraph from that introduction bears repeating here: The intent of this study is not to send us out to work hard at bearing fruit.  It is impossible to simply decide to be gentle […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Peace & Patience

See the study on Love and Joy for a full introduction to our continuing study of the Fruit of the Spirit.  One paragraph from that introduction bears repeating here: The intent of this study is not to send us out to work hard at bearing fruit.  It is impossible to simply decide to be peaceful […]

Fruit of the Spirit – Love & Joy

Paul said in 5:16 that if we walk by the Spirit we will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  It follows then that if we walk by the Spirit we WILL bear its fruit.  The Christian life is not just a matter of what we avoid or what we are not.  It is […]

Galatians 5:16-25 Part 2

In Part 1 of our study of this text we discussed that verse 16 is the key to life.  Getting to a place where we WILL NOT carry out the desire of the flesh solves most problems in life.  We went through the rest of the text to find out how to walk by the […]

Galatians 5:16-25 (Part 1)

This text holds the key to all of life.  Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  In one short statement Paul solves all our problems.  If we do not carry out the desire of the flesh – if we do not sin – all life’s issues that […]

Galatians 5:13-15

Paul shifts gears.  After spending almost the entire letter defending the gospel from the heresy of the false teachers and laying out a case for freedom in Christ versus slavery to the Law, he now elaborates on what it means to live in the freedom he defends.  He wants to make sure his readers understand […]

Galatians 5:1-12

Paul takes his argument up a notch.  He desperately wants the Galatians to understand the seriousness of what they consider.  He says if they continue in their wrong theology they will be severed from Christ and fallen from grace.  Christ died for the very reason that mankind would no longer be required to be in […]

Galatians 4:21-31

This passage is all about freedom but it is addressed to those who want to be slaves.  The first verse shows who Paul directs it to – you who want to be under law.  He goes on to use a somewhat hard-to-understand illustration to show that it is only the believer in Christ who is […]

Galatians 4:12-20

Paul continues his argument against the false teachers’ theology but now makes his pleas personal.  After telling the Galatians in verse 11 that he fears his work with them was in vain, he now reminds them how eagerly they accepted the gospel when he preached it to them.  He asks if they remember how they […]