In our new series, “Liberated,” we’re diving deep into the powerful message of freedom and grace found in Galatians.
In this message on chapter 4, I explore the transformative power of living under the New Covenant versus living under the Law. Paul uses the analogy of a child and a slave to help us grasp the profound difference between these two ways of life. Understanding this contrast will revolutionize your perspective on the Christian life and deepen your appreciation for God’s love and acceptance of you.
Additionally, we delve into Paul’s concern about the Galatians turning back to observing Jewish customs and the dangers of mixing law and grace. This cautionary message is relevant for us today as we navigate the legalism that’s so prevalent today and our newfound freedom in Christ.
I encourage you to check out this impactful message on Galatians 4. It’s an opportunity to deepen your understanding of God’s liberating grace and its transformative power in your life.
Discussion Questions for Galatians 4:1-20:
- In Galatians 4:1-7, Paul uses the analogy of a child and a slave to describe our relationship with the law before and after coming to faith in Christ. How does this analogy help us understand the difference between living under the law and living in the freedom of the new covenant?
- In Galatians 4:8-11, Paul expresses his concern that the Galatians are turning back to observing Jewish days, seasons, and years. Why do you think Paul is so adamant about this issue? What dangers or pitfalls might come from mixing law and grace?
- In Galatians 4:12-20, Paul reminds the Galatians of their past unity with him and the Gospel message. How does this reminder of their relationship with Paul impact their decision to stray from the Gospel? What can we learn from this about the importance of staying focused on the truth of the Gospel and staying connected to a community of believers?
- Throughout this passage, Paul emphasizes the contrast between the law and grace, bondage and freedom. How does this contrast impact your understanding of the Christian life? How does it shape your view of God’s love and acceptance of us?
- In Galatians 4:19, Paul expresses his desire for Christ to be formed in the Galatians. Christ already lives in every believer, forever, so what does it mean for Christ to be “formed” in them? How does this relate to our union with Christ and the transformation that happens in our lives by the Holy Spirit?