January 18, 2019
Sermon Discussion Questions: Keeping Our Conduct in Step With the Truth of the Gospel
The following discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on January 20, “Keeping Our Conduct in Step With the Truth of the Gospel” (Galatians 2:11–16). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
- The Confrontation (Galatians 2:11)
- The Explanation (Galatians 2:12–16)
- What did Peter do? (Galatians 2:12a)
- What motivated Peter to do that? (Galatians 2:12b)
- What did Paul call Peter’s change of behavior? (Galatians 2:13)
- What made this hypocrisy so serious that it was condemnable? (Galatians 2:14a)
- What did Paul say to Peter? (Galatians 2:14b–16)
Main Point: Confrontation is needed when our conduct is not in step with the truth of the gospel.
- What does Galatians 2:11 tell us about the epic magnitude of this confrontation?
- In the explanation, what does Paul tell us Peter did (Galatians 2:12a) that led to this confrontation?
- What does Paul tell us about what motivated Peter (Galatians 2:12b) to do that?
- What does Paul call Peter’s change of behavior (Galatians 2:13)?
- What does Paul say made this hypocrisy so serious (Galatians 2:14a) that it was condemnable?
- In the end (Galatians 2:14b–16), what did Paul say to Peter?
- What lessons can we learn from our evangelical history in America about conduct that is not in keeping with the gospel?
- In charting a course for the future, what are the left and right ditches that we need to avoid?
- What lessons have you learned from our evangelical history of slavery and segregation?
- Have you personally seen examples of the left and right ditches that we need to avoid?
- What things can you do personally to bring light and heat together on this issue? As a church, what things we do corporately to bring light and heat together?
Pray for a grace to uphold the truth of the gospel. Pray for a grace to keep our conduct in step with the gospel. Pray for a grace to see where we fall short and then to repent and change. Pray for the boldness to confront conduct that is not in step with the gospel.