“By the Spirit” – Class 3
Walk by the Spirit
1. Walk Away, 5:16-21
- Romans 7 – to which Romans 8 is the answer – a Spirit-guided response – 8:27
- Rom 8:9 – we are in the realm of the Spirit, v12-13 we can put to death the old life
- All I dislike about this world will be improved by a more Christ-like version of me.
- One of our aspirations: “always free but spiritual”, Galatians 5:13
- Solution provided by God so that we can walk in the right direction, Rom 8.26-27:
- Spirit is on our side
- Spirit prays for us
- Spirit moves us towards the will of God
Question: “What helps us to walk away?”
2. Walk Towards, 5:22-25
- Matt 7:15, fruit makes us recognisable for who we are, 7:19-20.
- Not ‘normal’ levels of human qualities – but Jesus-level!
- That’s why we need the Spirit’s life in us (Spirit of Christ, Rom 8.9), 2 Cor 3:17-18
- Direction, not arrival; Process, not product; Lifetime, not year
- John Mark – from hindrance to helpful: Acts 15:37–38 / 2 Timothy 4:11
Question: “What helps us to walk towards?”
3. Walk With, 5:26; 6:1-2
- Growing in the Spirit makes us ready for service
- Treating one another right, 5.26
- Helping one another when we stray, 6.1-2
- Remembering we are human too, Gal 6.3
- A peacemaker, Matthew 5:9
Question: “What helps us to walk with?”
- People of “The Way”: Acts 9:2; 19.9, 23; 24.14, 22
- Walking in a particular and different direction:
- Walking away
- Walking towards
- Walking with
- Gal 5.6b; 6:10
- What does each of these points mean for you and your ‘group’?
- How will you adjust the way you pray & live as a result?
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