When You Are Confused and Drifting: A free discussion lesson on Galatians

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There are times when everyone gets confused and begins to drift from God.  In those moments it can be difficult to know what to do and how to get back on track.  We are going to explore a passage where the people are experiencing exactly that today.

Please the Master

Four students will be selected as “the masters”. The masters’ jobs are to instruct and encourage the various artists as they try to create a masterpiece. Select 4 students to be artists. These students will be blindfolded and given a few markers/a piece of paper to draw. All other students will serve as distractions and “fake masters”. The masters will go to their artist and tell them to draw one of the following (each artist will draw something different): the beach, mountains, a birthday cake, and an American flag. The Masters must then stand behind the designated line. On go, the artists will begin to draw on their paper. They are trying to draw exactly what their master says- but there will be other people trying to get them to draw whatever they want, and the masters may not move past their line. Once time is up (3 minutes), the artists must reveal their picture.

Read Galatians 1:6-10

In this passage, Paul shares his distress over the problems of the people of Galatia. The people are confused and no longer following the word of God- and instead have been deceived into believing in a false gospel. He ends by discussing what it means to be a servant of Christ.

What stuck out to you in this passage?

Artists- what was difficult about the game we played? Masters- what stuck out to you about the game? How do you think this game can relate to our message today?

Paul is worried about others believing in a “false gospel”. Why do you think that is?

Do you see the problems of the Galatians in today’s world?

How can we discern who is speaking words from God and who is spreading lies?

Reread verse 10. What is Paul saying to the Galatians in this vese?

Have you ever struggled with seeking the approval of anyone other than God? What happens when you do this?

How can we strive to please only God instead of men?

How can help spread a gospel of truth this week?

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Michael LeBlanc is Director of Student Ministries for First United Methodist Church of Winter Park, FL. He is pursuing ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church and a Masters of Divinity from Iliff Theological Seminary. He's got an adorable baby, a really rad wife and the coolest job in the world.