Wk 3 // My Family Is In A Phase // Avoiding Self-Destruction

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ICEBREAKER

  • What are some bad habits you’ve had a hard time breaking?

  • How has a bad decision or habit kept you from something God wanted you to do?

INTRODUCTION

When we walk away from the guidance of the Spirit, we find ourselves on a wide road of self-destructive behavior. We experience bigger struggles and further separation from God. While we may find temporary satisfaction, we are depriving ourselves of something much greater: the reward and promise of eternity with God.

In this week’s message, Pastor Mike discussed our sinful nature and how that can lead us down a path of self-destruction if we do not actively step into the freedom that comes through Jesus Christ. In this study, we will dive deeper into the passage Mike shared from Galatians, and discuss how we avoid these behaviors, and help others along the way.

SERMON RECAP

Spend a few minutes recapping this week's sermon together. Click here to view the sermon notes.

  • What was one takeaway from this week's sermon for you?

  • Were there any stories, ideas, or points that stuck out?

  • Was there anything that challenged you?

READ

Have a volunteer read Galatians 5:16-18.

  • What hope do we have for deliverance from sin here on earth?

  • How can we live by the power of Christ to overcome sin?

NOTE
We face an ongoing battle within ourselves: a choice between obedient submission to the Spirit or selfishly following our desires. God never intended us to fight this battle unarmed. We have been given the Holy Spirit to lead us, ready us, and sustain us throughout life. It is vital that we continual seek the leading of the Spirit in all things.

Have a volunteer read Galatians 5:19-21.

  • Why do you think Paul said that the “works of the flesh are obvious?”

  • Why are we easily distracted from the things of God by temptation or sin?

NOTE
Paul gave us a detailed list of the works of the flesh. Each is effective to keep us from genuinely loving God. The list can be simplified into four categories: sex, religion, relationships, and indulgences. It’s important to note that this is not a ranking order of sin or a complete list of what is considered sinful. It is only a small representation of the numerous ways our flesh is tempted.

APPLICATION

  • What self-destructive behaviors do you need to be cautious of in light of this study? How do you need to respond to keep those behaviors from taking hold of your life?

  • How might you encourage others who are stuck in these behaviors?

  • Who is someone that you need to share God’s love with this week? How will you act?

PRAYER

Take some time to thank God for His forgiveness and promise of eternity. Pray that he would continue to reveal self-destructive behaviors in your life and give you the faithfulness to submit those areas to Him. Pray for a greater desire to share the gospel in light of the grace God has shown you.


Brian Otte