Read Galatians 6:2
The word “carry” or “bear” means to support, carry away, bear up under. The word “burden” means a hardship or a tremendous weight. It’s kind of like a super hero flying in at the last second to stop a train falling over the edge of a broken bridge from hitting a little boy down below!
Read the rest of Galatians 6:1-6
On Sunday, Jim listed some qualities that dwell in the heart of a burden bearer.
Having the heart of a burden bearer means to put aside your own desires and needs, listen to the needs of others, and help support the weight they carry.
Read John 14:15-17. The Holy Spirit is here referred to as the Advocate. The word is "parakleton" which means advocate, helper, counselor, encourager.
Read John 14:25-26; 16:13. Jesus says he will give us the Spirit and the Spirit will teach and guide us.
Read John 16:8-11. Many people think this passage teaches that the Spirit convicts believers of their sin. However, notice that Jesus says the Spirit will "convict the world" or "prove the world to be wrong" about sin and righteousness and judgment. Then compare "sin" to verse 9, "righteousness" to verse 10, and "judgment" to verse 11.
Read Galatians 5:22-23 and compare it to the surrounding passage.
Read 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 and notice the list that follows.
In summary now, what role has or is the Holy Spirit playing in your life right now?
Read Luke 24:1-8
There are five primary reasons to believe in the resurrection. What do you think of these reasons?
Read Romans 8:10-11
At Easter, we celebrate that the Power of God is in the Resurrection. That means:
In what ways have you experienced the life-giving power of God?
Read Romans 8:14-17
Read Galatians 3:23-4:11
The Meaning of Redemption
This week’s image on the Grace Wheel is Redemption. Redemption means deliverance or freedom secured from some evil by payment of a price. God loves us, cherishes us, values us so much that Jesus was willing to sacrifice himself so that we would be redeemed from our slavery to sin.
Read John 8:34-36.
Jesus teaches us that everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
Read Romans 7:14 - 8:17.
Paul explains this concept even more.
The meaning of "salvation"
The basic meaning of the word "save" in the Old Testament is to ‘bring into a spacious environment,' but it carries the metaphorical sense of ‘freedom from limitation’ i.e. deliverance from factors that constrain and confine.
Read Romans 3:19-26
Read Romans 8:9-17