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Spring 2022 GOD FREES AND REDEEMS Unit 3 – Liberating Letters
This unit contains five lessons based on the letters to the Romans and Galatians that explore Paul’s understanding of the radical nature of Christian freedom. The final lesson in the unit focuses on the fruit of the Spirit emanating from Christian freedom.
Finally, true freedom is not null of responsibility. Instead, because of Christ’s resurrection, Christians are to live freely and responsibly through submission. This comes as we imitate his life and are “clothed … with Christ” (Galatians 3:27). Through baptism, Christians join him in death so that they may join him in a new life, freed from the power of sin (Romans 6:3–4).
As a result, Christians are called to use their freedom in Christ to show love toward their neighbors (Galatians 5:14). Proper expression of freedom is rooted in ethical concern for others. To empower this, God gave the Holy Spirit to his followers. Through the Spirit, Christians live free and responsible lives, expressing the fullness of the Spirit in their actions (5:16–25).
This quarter’s lessons will show that true freedom comes through the sustained acceptance of God’s leading in our lives. When the people of God remember his work, they experience true freedom. Through this quarter, may we be reminded that God invites us to live freely and responsibly for him and for our community.
Lesson 9 – Freedom from Sin
In life, we are constantly struggling to do what is right. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we become dead to sin and instruments of righteousness.
Lesson 10 – Freedom for the Future
Living in the world, we sometimes suffer because of evildoers. God promises to bring good from our suffering and give us hope and a blessed future.
Lesson 11 – Freedom from the Law
Laws are provided to govern and ensure a functioning society. Paul taught that God’s law served a purpose, but that when Christ came grace made it possible for all people to become children of God and heirs of God’s promises.
Lesson 12 – Freedom, Love and Faith
Sometimes people feel bound by laws and desires that keep them in chains. According to Galatians, God calls us to a freedom that is guided by love for others.
Lesson 13 – The Fruit of Freedom
In the world, many opposing forces influence our lives. Paul reminds us that choosing to be guided by the Spirit will result in good fruit.
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QUESTIONS JESUS ASKS
(April 6 – June 1, 2022)
“What do you want?“
“Do you see this woman?”
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
These are just some of the many questions that Jesus asked throughout the Gospels. Jesus invites us to inquire, reflect, and discuss. This nine-session Bible Study is designed to help us dig into some of the questions that shape our view of Jesus and ourselves.