Fun* 2

Free over fun.


Big Idea

When our fun* is to earn someone else’s approval, we’re not free.

Message notes:

Intro:

Often the fun* things that we do are to win the approval of others.

Tension:

This isn’t just a school thing. This is a people thing. We all do it. Even as an adult it’s still a struggle.

Impressing others and winning their approval is a constant battle and it costs us our freedom.

Freedom is the ability to act without restriction.

When our fun* is to earn someone else’s approval, we’re not free.

Truth:

Galatians 4:17 MSG Those heretical teachers go to great lengths to flatter you, but their motives are rotten. They want to shut you out of the free world of God’s grace so that you will always depend on them for approval and direction, making them feel important.

Galatians 1:10 MSG Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave.

Free people live for Him, not them.

Application:

You weren’t made to be controlled by anything or anyone. Jesus wants us to be free people, and free people aren’t fun* in order to affect how others see them.

Galatians 6:4-5 MSG Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

You don’t need others to give you what you already have.


Group Questions:

Q1 (Round Table): Have you ever done something you would not normally do to get someone else to like you?Yes or no?

Q2: How does trying to impress others cost us our freedom?

Q3: Paul basically says “I don’t care if you like me” in Galatians 1:10 MSG Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn’t bother being Christ’s slave. Do you ever feel like you can be that bold in how you act and what you say? Why or why not?

Q4: Do you think you may be controlled by the approval of others? Can you share an example?

Q5: What would it look like if you started to live as though you believed that’s God’s approval is enough, and no one can add or take away from that?


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