We continue looking at what Christian freedom involves in practice. If we rely on Law (or anything else apart from Christ) to please God we are in reality being led by the ‘flesh’. This passage shows us why that is a dark road leading to a bleak destination. By contrast, being led by God’s Spirit is beautiful and fruitful for community life. If we want to be a gospel-shaped family, this is the reality we must pursue. If we want to reach London for Christ, this is what they must see too. 

(Starter) “You are completely free. Don’t rely on the Law to give you confidence before God.” Why might people be nervous about Paul emphasising radical freedom in Christ? Don’t people need some kind of law or rules to live morally?

(1) What do you notice about the basis and purpose of true freedom in v13? 

(2) What difference does it make to follow the way of love instead of indulging the flesh in v14-15? Why might insisting on religious law-keeping lead to the horrors of v15?

(3) In v16-18, how can we avoid selfish, neighbour destroying behaviour? How should we expect this to feel? 

(4) What does flesh-led behaviour look like and lead to? Where might we be in danger of any of the things listed in v19-21?

(5) By contrast, what does Spirit led behaviour look like and lead to in v22-26?

(6) How practically can we as a group or church family help one another keep in step with the Spirit? How might our group like look different if we took this warning and encouragement to heart?

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Santhosh Thomas

Santhosh is one of our pastors, with special responsibility for overseeing our small groups and various teaching and discipleship programmes. Born and raised in London, he has previously worked in churches in Oxford and Central London. He’s married to Jess and along with their three young children they enjoy sport, swings and meeting new people!

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