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Three Simple Rules

July 3, 2022

Going Deeper in "Three Simple Rules"

Galatians 6:1-11

6 Christian brothers, if a person is found doing some sin, you who are stronger Christians should lead that one back into the right way. Do not be proud as you do it. Watch yourself, because you may be tempted also. Help each other in troubles and problems. This is the kind of law Christ asks us to obey. If anyone thinks he is important when he is nothing, he is fooling himself. Everyone should look at himself and see how he does his own work. Then he can be happy in what he has done. He should not compare himself with his neighbor. Everyone must do his own work.

He who is taught God’s Word should share the good things he has with his teacher. Do not be fooled. You cannot fool God. A man will get back whatever he plants! If a man does things to please his sinful old self, his soul will be lost. If a man does things to please the Holy Spirit, he will have life that lasts forever. Do not let yourselves get tired of doing good. If we do not give up, we will get what is coming to us at the right time. 10 Because of this, we should do good to everyone. For sure, we should do good to those who belong to Christ.

The Christian’s Pride Should Be in the Cross

11 See what big letters I make when I write to you with my own hand.

Read the following a few times:

Galatians 6:1-11                

2 Timothy 3:5                     

Micah 6:1-8

Colossians 2:6-7

Matthew 18:15-17

We will protect the unity of our church by doing to others as we want them to do to us. We will follow three simple Wesleyan rules— do no harm, do only good, and stay in love with God.

 

Reflect on the following:

1.      Who do you remember as an excellent teacher? What was it about them that made them so memorable?

2.      What goes into making a good coach? How have coaches corrected you? How do you like to be corrected?

3.      When and where have you experienced the love of God through our church community? When have you helped to carry another’s burden? When have others helped you in life and faith? Was it harder to offer help or to receive it?

4.      What kind of baggage do people carry that keeps them from loving God with all their heart, soul, and mind (habits, beliefs, perceptions, issues with authority figures, etc.)?

5.      Rule #1: Do no harm. Where do you see the most harm done in our world or Church today? When do you find it most difficult to resist doing harm? How do you avoid gossiping? How do you avoid getting angry? How do you avoid dismissing others?

6.      Rule #2: Do good. What does it really cost you to do good to others? Is it worth it? What if you get nothing in return? What if you’re repaid evil for good? Is it still worth it? Imagine what the world would look like if we all tried to do good for one day.

7.      Rule #3: Stay in Love with God. What spiritual disciplines do you practice helping your faith to grow? What makes it hard to keep up with those disciplines? What makes it easier?

 

Respond in one of the following ways:

1.      What is your favorite spiritual practice? What can you do to make this a life-long habit? Who can help you stick to it?

2.      How can you challenge yourself to do no harm, to do good, and to love God? How can you help other to live up to the challenges they set for themselves?