Daily Prep

Daily devotional preparation for next week’s lesson
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Prepared by David Williams 1601 Belltower Ct., Lewisville, TX 75067 972-221-4255 davidwilliams@ExcitingBibleStudy.com
© 2009 David Williams. Thank you for using Daily Prep. When a church or individual purchases Daily Prep, a church license is granted. Daily Prep may be freely duplicated for use in the purchaser’s church and in any small groups or classes sponsored by that church. Permission is granted to share a sample with someone from another church once, but Daily Prep may not be provided to persons in another church on a regular basis. HOW TO USE DAILY PREP: Print Daily Prep onto both sides of your paper, then cut the paper in half to make two-sided 8 ½ by 5 ½ inch devotional guides. Give one to each student the Sunday before the lesson to use during daily quiet time. Take to prospects during the week.

Bible Series

Galatians 5:1-15
June 28, 2009

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2009 In Galatians 5:7-12, Paul criticizes those who were trying to get Gentile Christians to undergo circumcision to become “full” Christians. Paul reminded them that such a ritual has nothing to do with their relationship to Christ. Have you ever been “cut off” in traffic? You were moving along freely, headed toward your destination, in sync with the traffic around you, when suddenly someone pulled over into your lane, forcing you to brake quickly to avoid a collision. Paul asked the Galatians, “Who cut you off? You were moving along at a good pace in your Christian life. Who cut in on you and stopped your progress?” Paul had harsh words for the Judaizers who wanted to cut in on Gentile believers and cut up on them as well. Paul said he wished they would turn their blades on themselves. THURSDAY, June 25, 2009 Read Galatians 5:13-15. Paul resisted the efforts of Jewish Christians to “enslave” Gentile Christians to the old legal system from which they themselves had been freed by Christ. But he also warned the Gentiles (and all Christians) that freedom in Christ is not license to sin. The freedom we experience through Christ should free us to do good things, such as Loving one another—even when “one another” is not very loveable. FRIDAY, June 26, 2009 In our zeal to share the love of Christ with those outside the church, we sometimes forget to love our own brothers and sisters inside the church. Fellowship—koinonia, that special relationship Christians have with one another because of Christ—is an important function of the church. If members of a church cannot love one another with the love of Jesus, that church is doomed to die. Read Galatians 5:13-15 again. Which phrase best describes your church: “serve one another in love,” or “biting and devouring each other”? SATURDAY, June 27, 2009 You are probably not wrestling with whether or not you need to be circumcised in order to be saved. But you may be allowing some other legalistic requirement to steal your freedom in Christ. Even important spiritual disciplines—such as reading the Bible, praying, tithing, serving, and witnessing—can become legalistic traps that rob us of our freedom and our joy in Christ. Read Galatians 5:1 again. Why has Christ set you free? What, then, must you avoid doing? Write a personal statement in the space below, telling how this idea relates to your life.

MONDAY, June 22, 2009 When the Holy Spirit comes to live in a person, He changes that person from the inside out. Unchristlike characteristics and qualities are replaced by new ones that look more like Jesus. We are freed from our old sinful nature and given a new nature that is pleasing to God. Although this is a gift from God, this new nature must be accepted by us and given room to flourish. It is possible to stifle the new nature within us and miss out on the blessings that God has in store for us. So, this week, let’s learn more about this “new you” that God wants to become reality in your life. Then you will know better how to let God have His way with you. Read Galatians 5:1-6. This new nature that God has for us is not going to be realized through works or rituals. It is nothing less than the righteousness of Christ Jesus which comes through faith. TUESDAY, June 23, 2009 In yesterday’s reading, the specific issue that Paul dealt with was circumcision. Some false teachers were trying to get the Gentile believers in Galatia to summit to circumcision, telling them the ritual was necessary for salvation. That same issue had been the topic of the Jerusalem Council. Read Acts 15:5-11. What did Peter say about the necessity of circumcision for salvation?

SUNDAY, June 28, 2009 We are free in Christ. Then where do good works fit it? Read Galatians 5:13 again. Then read Ephesians 2:8-10. We are not saved by good works, but we are saved for good works.

Wrapping It Up
Paper handcuffs ! Cut copy paper into three long strips. Give each person three strips. Have them print one word on each strip: Legalism, sin, slavery. (Or, duplicate and cut apart Item 2, which already has the words printed.) ! Provide cellophane tape. Have each person put a “legalism” strip around his or her left wrist, a “sin” strip around the right wrist, and a “slavery” strip looping the other two strips together, forming paper handcuffs. Put strips on your own wrists. ! Hold up your handcuffed arms. ! Legalism and sin can become a pair of handcuffs that bind us and keep us from experiencing the freedom and joy of serving God and others. We need to break out of our handcuffs, our shackles, and use our freedom in Christ to become all the God intends for us to be. As Paul said, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!” ! Break out of your handcuffs by pulling your arms apart and then pulling each handcuff off. Members of the class will instinctively join you. ! Call on someone to lead the class in prayer.

Teacher’s Toolbox
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© 2009 David Williams. Thank you for using Teacher’s Toolbox. When a church or individual purchases Teacher’s Toolbox, a church license is granted. Teacher’s Toolbox may be freely duplicated for use in the purchaser’s church and in any small groups or classes sponsored by that church. Permission is granted to share a sample with someone from another church once, but Teacher’s Toolbox may not be provided to persons in another church on a regular basis.

Getting your class into God's Word and God's Word into your class
Bible Series

Galatians 5:1-15
June 28, 2009

HOW TO USE TEACHER’S TOOLBOX: Make a four-page folded teacher’s leaflet from the first two sheets by printing two-sided (or by putting the blank sides together). The other two sheets are for duplicating, displaying, distributing, or otherwise using as called for in the lesson plan.

Getting Started
Thinking about freedom ! Write the word FREEDOM on the chalkboard. ! When we celebrate our nation’s birthday each 4th of July, we talk a lot about freedom. The holiday itself is even referred to as Independence Day. Why is there such an emphasis on freedom associated with this holiday? Wait for responses. ! What are the freedoms that you hold especially dear as an American? Wait for responses. ! Today we are going to learn about a different kind of freedom, Christian freedom. There is a freedom that comes through faith in Christ that transcends all of our individual freedoms we enjoy in this country. In fact, freedom in Christ can be experienced by people who live in lands ruled by dictatorial regimes, or by people who are serving life sentences in prison. In Galatians 5:1 Paul says: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” ! Lead the class in prayer.
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Exploring God's Word
Lesson outline ! Erase the chalkboard and write the following outline. Use it to guide the study. Lesson Outline I. Slavery to legalism comes when we trust our works to save us (5:1-4) II. Freedom comes through faith in Christ for salvation (5:5-6) III. Those who preach legalism create disobedience and confusion (5:7-12) IV. Slavery to sin comes when we presume on God’s grace (5:13a) V. True freedom is found in obeying God and serving others (5:13b-15) Explaining images ! Give each person a pencil and a copy of the following images, or word pictures, Paul used to make clear the truths he taught in this passage (duplicate Item 1). Have members work alone or in groups of two or three to write a sentence explaining each image. (Some suggestions are given here in parentheses.)

Explaining Images

Write a sentence explaining each image Paul used. The first two are done for you as an example.
Stand firm Someone who is standing firm is braced to prevent someone or something from knocking him down. Yoke of slavery A yoke is something put on you by someone else, something you can’t take off by yourself, something that impedes your free movement, making you do what the one who put it on you wants you to do. Running a good race

Cut in on you

A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough

Explaining a phrase ! Call attention to the phrase in Galatians 5:4, “you have fallen away from grace.” ! Some use this verse to teach that a Christian can lose his or her salvation. But that is not what Paul is saying. ! Have someone read the entire verse, Galatians 5:4. ! Paul’s point is that those who taught something more than faith in Jesus is necessary for salvation were disputing the fact that God plans to save us by His grace, as a free gift. All true believers endure to the end. We cannot lose our salvation once we trust Jesus to save us. Paul was rebuking Christians who had trusted Jesus as Savior because they were now listening to false teachers who told them God’s grace was not enough. They had “fallen from grace.” Paul never questioned their salvation. He just hated to see them forget the basic truth that had brought them to Christ in the first place. ! Ask members to pair up and tell one another what “falling from grace” really means.

Making It Personal
Thinking beyond circumcision ! You are probably not wrestling with whether or not you need to be circumcised in order to be saved. But you may be allowing some other legalistic requirement to steal your freedom in Christ. Even important spiritual disciplines—such as reading the Bible, praying, tithing, serving, and witnessing—can become legalistic traps that rob us of our freedom and our joy in Christ. ! Have someone read aloud Galatians 5:1. ! Why has Christ set us free? (for freedom) ! What, then, must we avoid doing? (letting ourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery) ! In addition to legalism, there is another type of slavery we must avoid: slavery to sin. ! Have someone read aloud Galatians 5:13. ! To what were we called? (freedom) ! What, then, must we avoid doing? (using our freedom to indulge the sinful nature) ! What must we do instead? (serve one another in love)

Biting and devouring each other

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June 28, 2009

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Explaining Images
Write a sentence explaining each image Paul used. The first two are done for you as an example.
Stand firm Someone who is standing firm is braced to prevent someone or something from knocking him down. Yoke of slavery A yoke is something put on you by someone else, something you can’t take off by yourself, something that impedes your free movement, making you do what the one who put it on you wants you to do. Running a good race

Explaining Images
Write a sentence explaining each image Paul used. The first two are done for you as an example.
Stand firm Someone who is standing firm is braced to prevent someone or something from knocking him down. Yoke of slavery A yoke is something put on you by someone else, something you can’t take off by yourself, something that impedes your free movement, making you do what the one who put it on you wants you to do. Running a good race

Cut in on you

Cut in on you

A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough

A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough

Biting and devouring each other

Biting and devouring each other

Galatians 5:1-15

June 28, 2009

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Galatians 5:1-15

June 28, 2009

Bible Series

Item 1

Galatians 5:1-15

June 28, 2009

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