March 9, 2022 6:30PM Service(Audio/Video)
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Delivered By
Pastor Lynn Spoon
Delivered On
March 9, 2022 at 6:30 PM
Central Passage
Galations 5:16-26
Spiritual Gifts in Relationships



Consider  the following list of what goes wrong in our relationships.

Which one troubles you the most? Why?

Sexual impurity: pornography, adultery, homosexuality, sexual innuendos

Idolatry: making something or someone your ultimate concern such as money, material things, work, ministry, family, body, popularity, power, entertainment

Occults: fortunes, seances, astrology, witchcraft, superstitions

Relational sin: bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, jealousy, violent thoughts and acts, cruelty in word or deed, backbiting, quarreling, stealing, ridiculing, impatience, gossip, hatred, lying

Attitudes: anger, envy, anxiety, fear, selfish ambition, arrogance, self-righteousness, insecurity, self-hatred, greed, covetousness, laziness

  1. Paul uses “the sinful nature” translated “flesh”, to describe human nature as a whole, not just our bodies. Describe the tension Paul identifies in verses 16-18
  2. Which of these “works of the sinful nature(flesh)” are most evident today: in society, the church, or maybe your home?
  3. Why is it important for us to identify the exact nature of those tensions and conflicts that we may experience daily, and not just cover it up?
  4. Why do you think we still have conflicts, even after becoming a Christian, when Christ has accomplished our salvation and the Spirit is at work in our lives?
  5. What does this passage say to those who “ live like thin” *5:21), making the works of the sinful nature a habitual way of life?
  6. Read Galatians 5:22-2 The spiritual gifts are described in plural form, Paul uses the singular form in talking about the Spirit’s work in relationships: the ninefold fruit of the Spirit. Which of the “fruit” best describes?
  • Our relationship with God?
  • Our relationship with others?
  • Our relationship to ourself?
  1. Describe how the fruit works in relationships within the church and in the world.
  2. What does it mean, in practical terms, that there is no law against these (v.23)?
  3. What solution does Paul offer for the ongoing battle between flesh and spirit?

How is our strategy in this battle both, relying on the spirit’s work and being an active participant ourselves important? (vs. 15,24-25)

  1. What have you learned about the importance of Spirit – fruit when expressing spiritual gifts particularly in the church?
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