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Free people.


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Free people know their now affects their later.

Message notes:

Intro:

Have you ever noticed that it seems like everything has a warning label?

There are some warnings in life that just make sense. On the other hand, you have warnings that go beyond crazy.

Tension:

We’ve heard warnings against all kinds of activities and choices at church.

Here’s the interesting thing about our view of sin: All of us apply a scale to it, right?

When something falls lower on the sin scale, we tend to downgrade its importance. Are some sins really such a bad thing?

Truth:

What do we HAVE to do, and what can we NOT do?

Paul wrote this response to their question: You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up (Galatians 6:7b-9 NLT).

Instead of providing a simple list of what to do and what not to do, Paul tells the Galatians: Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature (Galatians 6:8a NLT).

Bad choices are going to lead to bad outcomes.

Application:

If you’re planting good decisions, you’re going to experience a harvest of life.

That’s what Jesus meant when He said this: “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10b NLT).

Free people know their now affects their later.

Jesus has already set us free from the ultimate cost of sin, separation from God. But we can still harvest the consequences of sin.

God wants us to be free from sin and the consequences it brings us.


Group Questions:

Q1 (Round Table): Give one example of things we risk in the moment and suffer for later? (ex: staying up late = being exhausted n the morning)

Q2: If we were to hypothetically rate sin on a scale from 1 to 10 . . . What are two things that seem like they’d be lower on the sin scale than others? What are two things that seem like they’d be higher on the sin scale than others? What makes them lower or higher on the scale?

Q3: Can you think of a time when you’ve seen people reap the consequences of a decision that didn’t seem like a big deal at the time?

Q4: As a group, pick a few of the statements below and fill in the blank:

a. If I plant gossip, I could harvest ______.

b. If I plant encouragement, I could harvest ______.

c. If I plant lies, I could harvest ______.

d. If I plant “breaking my parents’ rules,” I could harvest ______.

e. If I plant hard work, I could harvest ______.

f. If I plant time with God, I could harvest ______.

5. What choices are you making today that will allow you to say “I’m glad I did” in the future?

6. If you’re being honest, what choices are you making that could land you in the “I wish I had done it differently” category?


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