Icebreaker

Who do you know that you can invite to Marriage Strong starting next week?

Main Scripture:

Galatians 5:16-23 NLT

16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. 18 But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.

19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Discussion:

The Holy Spirit gives us new life! With the Holy Spirit we are able to live more like Jesus. But without the Holy Spirit, we can only produce bad fruit in our lives. We need the Holy Spirit to live for God, to produce good fruit, and to become more like Him! 

Q1 - Describe someone who is walking in the Spirit. What are some attributes they have?

Q2 - Do you find yourself in the middle of the "fight" between your flesh and your spirit?

Q3 - Look at the two lists from Galatians 5:16-23. What results of the sinful nature do you face the most? What results of the spirit do you see most in your life?

How does the holy spirit help us live a  new life?

1. Holy Spirit will guide us away from our old life to a new life

Q4 - Testimony Time! In only 2 sentences share your story. Finish in the blanks: "I used to be____ but now I am____." 

Q5 - God gives us a new nature (or a new character). How have you noticed your character change since you have come to know God?

2. Holy Spirit gives you new desires (Godly desires)

Q6 - What desires do you want God to begin building within you?

3. The holy spirit produces spiritual fruit

Q7 -  You cannot walk in the flesh and the spirit at the same time. What is some evidence that you are walking in the spirit?

Q8 - How can you begin bearing more spiritual fruit this week?

Declaration:

I declare that I will walk in the spirit! I deny my flesh and allow God to bear fruit in my life. Lord produce good fruit in my life! Help me to walk in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control at all times! In Jesus Name!

application:

Bear fruit this week! Share a warm loving invitation with someone in need this week. Spend time inviting couples to the Marriage Challenge beginning next Sunday Sept 2nd.

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3 ways to make an impact:

This is the first year we are making Marriage Challenge available for FREE! This is made possible through our generosity and giving. Let's each take on the challenge to sponsor at least one couple this month (materials for one couple is roughly $50)

1. The Way World Outreach App

  • Click Give
  • Select "Care Group Offering" fund
  • Write down the group leader's name

2. Text to Give

Text TWWO to 77977

3. Website 

http://www.thewayworldoutreach.org/donate