called to be free
space God is not an impersonal force to be used to make people behave in certain ways, but a personal Savior (Jesus) who sets us free to live a free life.  Eugene Peterson 
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  Group Discussion Questions

 
 

1 - The self-centered Christian manifests certain characteristics that reflect his worldly nature. Consider these questions in your discussion:

a. What does he think about most of the time?
b. What kind of person is he?
c. What kind of things will he be doing? Talk about both good and evil, religious and non-religious activity.


2 - Is the self-centered Christian really a born again believer? How do you know? (See 1 Corinthians 3:1-3)

3 - How can you know for sure whether you are a self-centered or a Spirit-filled Christian?

4 - Why do you need to confess your known sin to God before He can fill you with His Spirit? (See 1 John 1:5-7)  If you confess your sin and still feel that you are not forgiven, what must you do to receive that assurance? (See James 4:7; l John 1:9)

5 - Once you have been filled with the Holy Spirit, will you ever need to be filled again? Why? How many times? When? How could you be filled again?

6 - The Spirit-filled Christian demonstrates certain characteristics that reflect his godly nature. Identify and discuss these characteristics. What kind of thoughts, desires, actions and emotions will he manifest? (See Philippians 2:12-16; Colossians 3:1-17)

7 - Perhaps you have asked God to fill you with His Spirit and to control your life. But you don't feel any different? Does this mean you are not filled with the Spirit? Or does it have any meaning at all? What should you do about it?

8 - Discuss the differences between the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit. Would you say that the fruit of the Spirit is to guide and control the gifts, or do the gifts control the fruit? Why? (See Galatians 5:22,23; 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:10

 

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