Q1: When you were growing up, what kinds of things were you told that you should do or shouldn't do? Did you follow these rules?
What is Legalism?
A strict adherence to the law. The belief that performance is the way to gain favor with God. The human attempt to gain salvation or to prove our spiritually by outward conformity to a list of do’s and don’ts.
"Legalism is looking to something besides Jesus Christ in order to be acceptable and clean before God. Legalism always results in pride and fear, psychologically, and exclusion and strife, socially.” Tim Keller
Q2: How have you seen or experienced the divisiveness and self righteousness of legalism?
Q3: How have you seen or experienced legalism to be contagious?
Q4: Why do you think it causes people from seeing Jesus?
How Can We Keep Jesus as the CEO of Our Freedom?
Remember our legal standing.
We are complete. Read Colossians 2:8-10
We are alive.
Our sins are cancelled. Read Colossians 2:12-14
We have victory. Read Colossians 2:15
Q5: What is it so important to understand your true legal position before God?
Resist the lures of legalism
Don’t get Side-swiped
Don’t get Side-lined
Don’t get Side-tracked
Q6: Have you ever been side-swiped, side-lined, or side-tracked by legalism? If you have, how did you get back on course?
We need to act responsibly and lovingly with our freedoms.
Do not pass judgment on others over non-essential issues
Do not cause others to stumble in their walk
Q7: How could exercising our freedoms cause others to stumble?
Q8: Have you ever had to catch yourself from passing judgment on others over non-essential issues?
Q9: Moving forward, how should we respond to legalism when we see or experience it?
Other Resources/Next Steps
Get the book by clicking Accidental Pharisees: Avoiding Pride, Exclusivity, and the Other Dangers of Overzealous Faith
We want our journey groups to be a place where people can live on mission together and experience community. Here are a couple of ways a group can be on mission together:
One Mission: The entire small group commits to going after the same mission. This can be a new idea originating from the group, or it can involve plugging into an existing ministry or program in the community.
Multiple Missions: Each member of the group has a specific mission they are following God in.
The group provides a place to celebrate individual stories, wrestle through questions and challenges and provide support and encouragement.
Take some time to allow the people in your group to share who they are currently blessing. Celebrate individual stories and work through questions and challenges while providing support and encouragement. Review the acronym BLESS, then share your stories of who you are currently blessing.
B - Begin with prayer: We will pray for the people or place to which we are sent.
L - Listen: We will listen to the people or place to which we are sent.
E - Eat: We will share meals with those to whom we are sent.
S - Serve: We will respond to the needs we discover among those to whom we are sent.
S - Story: We will share the story of Jesus and what he is doing in our lives with those to whom we are sent.
Q10: What person, place, or purpose are you currently BLESSing?