We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric returns to continue the series “We Are the Church: Christian Fellowship in a Lonely World” with a message titled “We Are In This Together: The Church is a Supporting Community” based on Galatians 6:1-10.

1. Restore one another(v. 1).
2. Bear one another’s burdens (v. 2 – 5).
3. Sow generously into each other’s lives (v. 6 – 10).

ICEBREAKER: What is the silliest thing you do well?
1. Galatians 6:1 is a key text urging believers to behave as a healing community. Who are the ones caught in a trespass? Why does it matter to commiserate with those caught in sin? Also consult 2 Samuel 12:1-14; Hebrews 12:12-13; and James 5:19-20.
2. Who are the “spiritual” ones in Galatians 6:1 who are to do the restoring? How does the context help identify the “spiritual” ones [cf. Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 2:14-16; and Ephesians 4:1-3]?
3. The term “restore” in Galatians 6:1 is used in other Scripture passages to refer to mending a damaged fishing net. How does this word picture help you understand what it looks like to restore a wayward brother or sister in the Lord [cf. Matthew 4:21; 1 Corinthians 1:10; and 2 Corinthians 13:11]?
4. How do you “keep watch on yourself” so you will not be tempted by sin [Galatians 6:1]? Also examine Matthew 26:41; Romans 15:1-6; and 1 Corinthians 10:12-13.
5. What are some practical ways you can carry others’ burdens [Galatians 6:2]? Also consider Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15; and James 1:27.
6. The principle of “reaping and sowing” is clearly observed in life [Galatians 6:7-10]. From the context, how do you “sow to the Spirit” and not “to your own flesh” [cf. Hosea 10:12-13; Romans 12:9-13; and James 3:18]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful – Christian community is the final apologetic.” (Francis Schaeffer)