82 God’s Spirit

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Galatians 5:16.

In a shop, how can you tell who is buying and who is selling?

At a football match, how can you work out who supports which team?

How can you know if someone belongs to Jesus?

 

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The letter so far…

Some of the believers in Galatia thought that Paul should not be the only one to tell them what was right or wrong teaching. Paul knew that God had given him a special task and trusted him to give good answers. He explains that the essential thing is to believe that Jesus died and that God brought him back to life to pay for the bad things everyone has done. When believers follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it shows in their lives.

Now read Galatians 5:22–26 together.

 

What happened next…

Paul goes on to say that God wants his children to live together in ways that give glory to him. Believing in Jesus will never be popular, and persecution and hardship will come, but such things are nothing compared to what Jesus did to save the world. What matters for Christians is to keep close to God and his love.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 108 together.

 

Did you know…?

Galatia This was a Roman province that included parts of current-day Turkey.

False teaching Paul wrote to the churches in Galatia because they were listening to other teachers who did not give a true message. It was the same argument that led to the council in Jerusalem (see Challenge 16) about what you had to do to become a Christian. It’s not clear whether Paul wrote this letter before or after the council.

From Paul Look at Galatians 6:11: Paul takes over writing the letter himself, instead of having a servant write for him.

 

Try it out

Look at Galatians 5:22, 23 and see if you can find nine ways in which Paul says Christians will behave.

Think of someone you know who is a Christian (perhaps your Bible coach). Is that person loving or happy? Are they peaceful, patient or kind? Are they good or faithful? Can you think of times when they are gentle or show self-control? Perhaps they behave in all these ways. Or maybe you notice that they are patient with you – or kind to animals – or do not get cross or grumpy.

When they behave like this, they are showing you (and everyone around them), what God is like.

Why not write them a short letter or make them a card to thank them for showing you what Paul writes about in this verse.

 

Talk to God

What gifts do you have that God could use? What could you be or do for God now? Talk to him about your thoughts.

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