1. The Gospel in everyday life (6:1-18)
    1. Bear one another's burdens (v.1-6) If we are truly walking in the Spirit, will we have an attitude of pride in ourselves? What will our relationships be like with our brothers and sisters in Christ?
      Read once again Phil. 2:3-4
      1. (v.1) See Eph. 4:2...What do we need to consider when correcting a brother who has fallen into sin? _______________________________________________________
      2. (v.2) See ch. 5:14..Give some examples of bearing one another's burdens
        Read also Acts 20:35; Rom. 15:1-3; 1 Thess. 5:14; Col. 3:12-14. "Bear" in Webster's hold up or support; to suffer, endure: From Strong's lift, lit. or fig. (endure, declare, sustain, receive, etc.); bear, carry, take up.
      3. (v.3-5) Read also Rom 12:1-5; 2 Cor. 3:4-5 If we live by our own works it produces pride in our own accomplishment and a judgmental attitude toward others. By doing this we are deceiving ourselves. Read 1 Cor. 3:9-15; Luke 18:9-14; We will stand or fall before God..We will only have rejoicing in ourselves if our works and sufficiency have come through Christ. Each of us is responsible for himself before God.
      4. (v.6) Read also 1 Cor. 9:11-14..What is our responsibility toward those who teach the Word?
    2. Sow to the Spirit (v.7-19)
      1. Read Rom. 2:6-11..(v.7-8)..How is God mocked? _______________________________________________________
        What happens if we use our liberty to endulge our flesh? _______________________________________________________
      2. (v.9-10) See also 1 Cor. 15:58; 2 Cor. 4:1; 2 Thess. 3:13; Heb. 10:35-38; 12:3,4; James 5:7,8 (In due season we shall reap if we faint not) We don't always see immediate results to our sowing, but just as every harvest has its season, so God has a season for us if we persevere. Should we even, then, be thinking about what we will gain when we do good to others? Since we can be sure our Father sees and rewards we should do good to all whenever the opportunity arises. Especially to_____________________________________________________
    3. Boast in the Cross of Christ (v.11-15)
      1. (v.12) What was the reason the Judaizers compelled them to be circumcised?______________________
        If we live by works are we making a good showing in the flesh or in the Spirit? Only if we live by the Spirit can God be glorified in us. Nothing in our deeds can glorify God. Flesh glorifies flesh..Spirit glorifies God. Why did Paul face persecution for the cross of Christ?
        See Gal. 5:11; Phil. 3:7-11
      2. (v.13) The root of the Judaizer's motives was fear of man...they did not want the Jews to persecute them for failing to keep the law. Yet what does v. 13 say about them as to keeping the law? Were they able to keep it?
      3. (v.14,15) See also 1 Cor. 1:18; Gal. 2:20; Col. 2:20-23. If we are crucified with Christ, what is ended?_________________________________________________
        What does this mean in our walk with Christ?___________
        We can never boast in our works if we live by the cross. If someone is boasting in trying to push on others their works, regulations, etc., chances are they are putting their confidence in their flesh and works and will have an air of self-righteousness. If our boast is in Christ gives glory to Him. We know our sufficiency is of Him. Read Rom 2:26; Gal. 5:6..What is the important thing that matters? (v.15)_____________________________
    4. Final words and benediction (v.16-18)
      1. (v.16) What will we have if we walk according to this rule?__________________________________________
      2. (v.17) What was the boast of the Judaizers? _______________________________________________________
        Their "mark" was circumcision...what was Paul's, even though he himself had been circumcised...what did he consider his "mark" as an apostle of God?______________

The way we are to live out the gospel in everyday life is in love and humility. If we truly love our neighbor as ourself, and fulfill the law of love, then we will bear one another's burden's and not put ourselves first. If we live by the Spirit we will recognize our sufficiency is of Christ and not think more highly of ourselves than we ought. Our focus will be on Christ, not on our works or the law. If we endulge the flesh then we will also reap the corruption of the flesh. God will not be mocked, we cannot live in sin and expect God's blessing. We will reap what we sow. If we sow to the Spirit then we will reap everlasting life. God has His season and if we continue in doing good we will reap if we don't give up. Sometimes the fear of man can cause us to do works to try to please, even the religious people who would put us under rules or regulations, but to live by faith can cause those who live by the flesh to persecute us. Our boast should always be in Christ alone and His cross...not in any religious works that we could do. In Christ...what is important is a new creation...which is only through grace by faith.

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