Sunday School Notes 4-26-2015

Scripture: Galatians 6:6-10 (HCSB)

Doing Good

Opening Questions

  • What does it mean for us to have a servant’s heart?
    • It means we always seek to do good, even to those who hate us.
    • We seek to serve, not to be served.
    • We seek to uplift, not to be uplifted.
  • How does this differ from what the world teaches?
  • Should we do good, even if we are not benefited? Why?

The one who is taught the message must share all his good things with the teacher. Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.

We know that it is good to do good works. How difficult can it be?

  • What if…
    • You find $1,000. Should you turn it in, or keep it?
    • Someone hurts you. Should you still treat them like a friend?
    • Someone spreads rumors about you. Should you put them down too?
    • It’s not convenient to help someone. Should you just walk by?

What does it mean that people will reap what they sow?

  • Do bad people prosper in this world?
  • Do good people suffer?
  • God promises to set all things right.
    • He will repay everyone according to their works.
    • It does mean that sin no longer has power over us.
      • Even when it does not benefit us, we should do good works.
      • We should be sacrificial in our giving and in our service to others.
      • Those who do evil, according to God’s standard, will pay for what they do. God is not mocked!
    • One who sows to his flesh will reap corruption in the flesh.
      • How do we sow to our flesh?
        • Sowing to the flesh means that we do something that does not glorify God, who is the standard for good.
        • Even if we do something good, we sow to our flesh when God is not our motivation or when we don’t do it God’s way.
      • One who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
        • How do we sow to the Spirit?
          • Sowing to the Spirit is doing what honors God.
          • God is our motivation and we should strive to do things God’s way. (this is only possible in the Spirit, who guides those who have trusted in Christ).

Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith. (v. 10)

Questions for class discussion

  • How does the church fail to do good?
    • Many churches become celebrity creators rather than community servants.
    • When people speak against the church, churches usually retaliate (at least in America).
      • We should commit to serving even the Atheist and the Muslim; always doing good.
      • We often speak badly of false teachers. While we should be honest about their teaching, we should love them as God loves all sinners.
    • The church becomes more about programs and church services than about actual servanthood.
    • ‘Christians’ often refuse to serve those who disagree morally. This should not be our disposition.
  • What are some ways that we can do good every day?
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