The Winnable War (Galatians 5:16-18)

We are beginning our series called Discipleship in which our text is going to come from Galatians 5-6. Sometimes when we talk about discipleship or following the disciplines of the Christian life, the discussion turns into all the things that you do to try to be a follower of Jesus. Lessons are given that tell us that we need to pray more, study the Bible more, worship more, and the like. But then we struggle with doing these things and wonder why we are having a hard time in these disciplines. I do not think that this is the right way to look at our walk with God. These things are important and necessary and given to us by God. But I believe that this might be best described as putting the cart before the horse. I think an important place for us to learn about discipleship and our walk with Jesus is to spend some time in the apostle Paul’s writings to the Galatians where he explains what this walk will look like in our lives. Sometimes we can jump right into the fruit of the Spirit or the works of the flesh. But there is an important introduction to this lesson Paul teaches. Before Paul begins to describe what this walk is all about, he first wants us to understand what is going on in our lives and what is at stake. Turn in our copies of God’s word to Galatians 5:16 and this will be the place where we begin our study…

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