Reading: Introduction, Chapter 1, Joni Erickson Tada (pgs. 15-41)
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with it's passion and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." - Galatians 5:22-25
(You can always choose to comment about any part of the reading that spoke the most to you; if you're not sure what to write about, feel free to use these questions as points of reflection from the reading to add to the discussion.)
- Think about what you believe about the Holy Spirit and Christian living. Do you think that your beliefs are shaped more by Scripture, cultural tradition, or what other people have said? Why?
- What does it mean when the Bible says that "your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and that "he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever" (John 14:16)? How are these truths significant to you?
- Do you know someone who lives a Spirit-filled life? What does their life look like? How is their life different from the life of a carnal Christian believer or an unbeliever who is a good person?