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GUIDE TO PRAYER & STUDY / Week of Sept. 10-16, 2017

Week 2: From Leading to Following (Galatians 3 and 4)
Wisdom from Worship:
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Monday Sept. 11:     Word: Galatians 3: 1-14
Wonder: Have you ever felt like you had to earn God’s love? What did you think you had to do? Could you ever do enough?
Pray: God, help me to see I do not have to earn your love because I already have it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Tuesday Sept. 12:     Word: Galatians 3: 15 – 20
Wonder: If we are saved by faith and not by good works or obeying laws, why did God give us laws in the Bible? How do you use the laws in the Bible (like the 10 commandments, the other many rules for Jewish living, the commands that Jesus gives us)?
Pray: God, thank you for the laws you’ve given us as a way to form our lives and see ways to grow. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Weds. Sept. 13:     Word: Galatians 3: 21-29
Wonder: What does it mean that we are all “one” in Christ Jesus, and no longer divided by categories like “male,” or “female,” “Jew” or “Greek,” etc? When are those distinctions important or not important?
Pray: God, make us all truly one. When brothers and sisters live together in harmony, it pleases you. Help us to live as your own one family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Thurs. Sept. 14:     Word: Galatians 4: 1-7
Wonder: What does it mean to be an heir of God? What is our inheritance? (Did you know, when we baptize people, we use their first and middle names only? This signifies that they are a part of God’s family first and that we are all part of the same family)  
Pray: Almighty God, we praise and thank you for making us children of God, not through our own power and piety but through our baptism into crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.  (Bishop Telmor Sartison)
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Friday Sept. 15:     Word: Galatians 4: 8-20
Wonder: Being set free by God is a major theme in Galatians. How do you feel God sets us free? What freedom do you feel in Christ?
Pray: God, thank you for freeing us and continuing to free us from the things that enslave us. Help us in return to work for the full freedom of all your children. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Saturday Sept. 16:     Word: Galatians 4: 21- 5: 1
Wonder: This allegory is a hard one (poor Hagar!) but again it points to our freedom and our full adoption into God’s family. Why do you think Paul used this story? What can we take from it?
Pray: God, help me to live as your child, fully free. Help me to remember at all times that I am a part of your family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Worth it:

God of Grace and God of Glory, UMH No. 577

God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church by Elaine A. Heath

Try reading Galatians in “the Message” version of the Bible – look it up online!

“Child of God,” a song by Mark Miller (look up on YouTube)



Week 3: From Productivity to Fruitfulness (Galatians 5)

Week 4: From My Good to Our Good (Galatians 6)


 

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