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Keep in Step with the Spirit, Part 1

February 19, 2012 Pastor: John Fonville Series: Galatians

Scripture: Galatians 5:25–6:10

Keep in Step with the Spirit

Part 1


Text: Galatians 5:25-6:10




I. Paul Defines the Nature of Christian Freedom. 5:13-15


II. Paul Describes the Conflict of Christian Freedom. 5:16-18


III. Paul Contrasts the Fruit of Christian freedom. 5:19-23


IV. Paul Elaborates the Responsibilities of Christian Freedom. 5:25-6:10




I. Paul reminds believers of the source of their new life. v. 25a


What does it mean to live by the Spirit?

What does this new life consist of?


“…Those persons upon whom God bestows the Spirit are justified; the persons whom God reckons righteous have the Spirit poured out upon them” (Timothy George, Galatians, p. 243).


II. Paul exhorts believers to keep in step with their new life (v. 25b).


What does it mean to keep in step with the Spirit?

How do you keep in step with the Spirit?


Q. If in this life no one can keep the ten commandments perfectly, why does God have them preached so strictly?

A. First, that throughout our life we may more and more become aware of our sinful nature, and therefore seek more eagerly the forgiveness of sins and righteousness in Christ. Second, that we may be zealous for good deeds and constantly pray to God for the grace of the Holy Spirit, that He may more and more renew us after God’s image, until after this life we reach the goal of perfection. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 115)




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