Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on July 26, 2020
Passage: Galatians 5:22-23; Luke 4:1-14
This Sunday, Cole concluded our summer series on the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT by looking at the fruit of self control.
Looking back at your notes from Sunday’s message, was there anything you heard for the first time, caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
If you fasted from food for forty days, what meal would you want to eat first at the end of the fast?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. Jesus was driven by His mission to be the sinless sacrifice for the world. Caving in to just one temptation would have disqualified Him. What do the following texts reveal about Jesus and His mission?
Philippians 2:8 (ESV)
8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
1 Peter 1:18-21 (NLT2)
18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days. 21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.
John 6:38-40 (NLT2)
38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
- In what sense did Jesus live with the end in mind? Do you live this way?
- What do you want to be remembered for? What impact do you want your life to have in eternity? How do the answers to these two questions give you clarity in the present?
2. As Cole mentioned in the message, a tender heart is the result of developing a greater affection and love for Jesus more than the temptations you will face. When our heart is tender and obedient to the Spirit, we give the Spirit room to work in our lives. What can we learn from the following passages about cooperating with the Spirit in our lives?
Acts 7:51 (NLT2)
51 “You stubborn people! You are heathen at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 (NLT2)
16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 19 Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 4:29-31 (NLT2)
29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. 30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.
- What do you think it means to cooperate with the Holy Spirit?
- How does walking in disobedience harden our heart to the Spirit? What steps can followers of Jesus take to keep their hearts tender to the Spirit?
3. Jesus repeatedly said “It is written” when confronted with the devil’s temptations. According to the following verses, what role does the Word of God play in our ability to resist temptation and have self-control?
Psalm 119:11 (NLT2)
11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Hebrews 4:12 (NLT2)
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT2)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
- How does Scripture help you resist temptation?
- Do you have any verses committed to memory to help you walk obediently? If so, share one with the group.
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?