7 Rules for Life – Week 4


  • When you think about what gives your life value, what do you think about?
  • What “family ties” (blessings and curses) have been handed down to you?


Rule #1: Never forget your purpose

Rule #2: Don’t be conformed by the world 

Rule #3: Seek out people who will tell you the truth

Rule #4: Your life can only be justified by Jesus Christ


Going deeper:

  • In light of this week’s sermon, what is new information, challenged, or stood out to you?


Read aloud Galatians 3: 1-29

  • How does Paul’s appeal to their experience in the six questions of verses 1-5 validate what he argued for in 2:15-16?
  • Paul appeals to their suffering (v.4), their experience (vv. 2-5), and Christ’s death (2:21).
    • Why?
    • How does all that add up to expose the foolishness and futility of human effort?
  • How does the example of Abraham (vv.6-9) extend Paul’s argument?
    • How is our faith in Christ a fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham?
  • How do each of these four Old Testament references (vv. 10-13) expose the problem of trying to be right with God by trusting in one’s ability to keep his law?
  • How does Jesus solve this problem for us (vv.13-14)?
  • What is the distinction here between “seeds” and “Seed?”
    • What is the parallel Paul wants to make between the types of covenants (wills) people make, and the covenant promise (3:8) God made to Abraham?
  • Since the law was not to take the place of the promise, how do verses 19 and 23 explain what the law’s purpose actually is (see also Romans 3:20)?
  • Relating to God by the law is like what: 
    • Being kept in prison?
    • Scolded by a harsh disciplinarian?
    • Tutored by a remedial ed teacher?
    • All three?
  • How does Christ change all this? 
    • Why then would anyone go back to the law?



  • How have you faced the tension of trusting in Christ’s work or your own?
    • What “Christian” rules seem to be important in your circle?
    • Why?
  • How would you explain the promised “righteousness” (v.6), “blessing” (vv. 8-9, 14), “curse” (v.10) and “spirit” (v.14) to a prospective convert? 
    • Would you say anything different to a new believer?
    • Why?
  • How do Paul’s various arguments here touch your everyday life?
    • Why might they seem obscure?
  • How could you clarify Paul’s arguments for someone who could care less about such find distinctions?
    • How would you use this passage with someone who thought that keep the Golden Rule or the Ten Commandments is enough to get right with God?
  • What experience helped you see your need to let the rules drive you to Jesus to find mercy?


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