In Gal. 5 the Apostle Paul describes two cultures that are constantly at war within every person. He calls them the flesh and the Spirit. Which culture wins out in our lives depends on the environment we create in our lives. The right environment isn't created simply by knowledge, it is created by spiritual habits. Habits help us feed the culture we want to win out.
This Week's Action Step:
Begin to change the culture (environment) of your life this week... start a new spiritual habit.
Small Group Questions:
1. If you could use one word to describe the current culture/environment of your life what would it be? (Busy? Anxious? Crazy? Tired? Fun? Etc…)
2. In Galatians 5:19-23 the Apostle Paul describes two very different cultures. At the end of his list of the fruit of the Spirit he says, “…against such things there is no law.” What does Paul mean by this? How might understanding this help us live in a lot more freedom?
3. One of the ways that cultures are created in our lives is through the practice of certain rhythms or habits. Habits can be good, bad, annoying, or just plain funny. That being said, what are some of your regular habits? (If you’re married, your spouse can help answer this with you).
4. Do you have any spiritual habits? If so, what are they? How have they helped create the right culture/environment in your life?
5. Are there some new/different spiritual habits you would like to implement in you life? What’s holding you back or preventing you from starting those?
6. The goal is that spiritual habits move from discipline to delight. They may be uncomfortable at first, but after a while they just become second nature and part of the overall rhythm of your life. Can you give an example of a discipline that has become a delight for you?
Songs from Today
One Thing Remains by Christa Black, Brian Johnson, and Jeremy Riddle
Spirit Move by Amanda Cook and Kalley Heiligenthal
Spirit Of The Lord
Yes And Amen by Anthony Brown, Chris McClarney, and Nate Moore
Death Arrested by Adam Kersh, Brandon Coker, Heath Balltzglier, and Paul Taylor