Lesson 20 - “Gentle Restoration ” - Galatians 6.1-5
ID: Inductive Questions (Asking the text questions like who, what, where, when, why, & how?”)
CR: Cross References (Comparing Scripture to Scripture, understanding the vague by the clear.)
WS: Word Study (Understanding definition, theological meaning, and usages in other passages.)
The WORD: What does the Bible say?
Context: Galatians 5:13-26 (esp. 14-15, 26) provides important context for 6:1-5. Read it slowly and think about how it relates to today’s passage. Also, note what follows this passage in 6:6-10.
1. WS: (1) Overcome (nkjv) or captured (esv) is a translation of (prolambanō). The New Living Translation says “overcome” in a sin and the NET Bible says “discovered” in a sin. Which one captures the sense here? Check some word study resources and commentaries for help.
2. WS/ CR: (1) What does it mean to restore (katartizō) a brother? (Notice the English words used to translate this Greek word in Matthew 4:21, 1 Thessalonians 3:10, and Hebrews 13.21)
3. ID: (1) With what kind of spirit should you respond to a brother that is struggling with a sin? What warning does Paul give?
4. CR: (2) What is the “law of Christ”? According to verse 2, how do we fulfill the law of Christ? What are some practical ways to do this in the context of restoring a brother?
5. ID: (3) What are some attitudes that might prevent us from helping a brother who is struggling with sin? (see Gal 5:26)
6. ID: (5) What is the difference between carrying each other's burdens (v2) and carrying your own load (v5). Why are we told to do both?
The WALK: What should I do?
1. How do you distinguish between constructive confrontation and being a busybody?
2. “You who are spiritual” can have reference to our general spiritual maturity and / or to our current disposition. What are some things we should check in our hearts before gently confronting a brother?
3. Do you think questions like “What was going on there?” or “Help me understand what it happening?” would be helpful for understanding a situation before talking with someone or just open the door for excuses? (James 1:9) Why?
4. How do we decide when we should or should not just overlook a fault? (Pages 53-57 of The Peacemaker: Handling Conflict without Fighting Back offer some helpful thoughts to discuss.)
Going further: “3rd G: Gently Restore” on the blog Reflections on the Journey of Living out Matthew 5:9 offers more thoughts on restoring a brother.
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