The Forgotten Friend [1/2]: He Grows My Character

6 September 2022
Yam Chien Meng

Series: The Forgotten Friend
Title: He Grows My Character
Text: Galatians 5:16-25

The Holy Spirit is often thought of as an impersonal power or influence, when He is actually a wise friend who walks us through our spiritual journeys. But on many occasions the Holy Spirit is like a forgotten friend. He is in our life but we neglect to walk by the Spirit. What does it mean to walk by the Spirit? Why is it important to walk by the Spirit?

General Questions:

  1. Galatians 5:16-25 lists examples of acts of the flesh. For some of us, we may not be able to fully identify with these examples. What are some other “acts of the flesh” that may not have been listed?

  2. What is the difference between the fruit of the Spirit and the gift of the spirit? Which one should we seek?

Perspective Questions:

  1. Is it true that struggling with sin means that the Spirit is not able to work in your life? What can you do to allow the Spirit to work in your life in an increasing measure?

  2. In the sermon, the list of sins were categorised into 4 sections: sexual sins, religious sin, relational sin, and intemperate sin. What are the commonalities of these sins? How do these sins negatively impact us?

  3. Galatians 5:24 talks about crucifying the flesh. What do you think this means? What is the role that the Holy Spirit plays in this process? What are some practices we can put in place to grow our relationship with the Spirit?

Application Questions:

  1. Which of the fruit of the spirit do you lack? What are some challenges stopping you from cultivating it? How can the LG support you in your growth?

  2. Which of the fruit of the Spirit do you practice more? Is it a matter of personality? How did you cultivate it?