Synergy Discussion 2-7-24
Icebreaker Question (try to get
everybody to answer)
What is your favorite (or least favorite) fruit to eat?
Leaders: Feel free to swap in another icebreaker question if you have a better one. The goal is to get everybody talking before you dive into the text.
Read Galatians 5:19-21 (NLT)
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Ask: How do you react to reading this list? Do you see anything that people around you struggle with? (Not looking for right/wrong answers, just general discussion)
Leaders: Remind students THEY ALSO struggle with things on the list in Galatians 5:19-21. If you are willing share about something on this list you once struggled with and how the Spirit guided you toward truth.
Read Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Ask: A more literal translation of this verse says, “The fruit (singular) of the Spirit is…” - Why doesn’t Paul say, “The fruits (plural) of the Spirit are…”?
- Possible Answer: These are ALL expected from believers who have the Holy Spirit. We can’t pick and choose which evidence of Jesus we want to show. I can’t say, “It’s okay to lack self-control because I’m still generally kind.” It all works together!
Ask: How do these evidences of Jesus look different from the world? Can you think of any specific examples of how these could be shown?
- Possible Answers: I can show love by sticking up for a classmate who is bullied at school. I can be joyful even if I’m frustrated with a teacher or friend. I can show peace and self-control by not escalating a frustrating situation at practice or a game. I can show kindness by helping somebody carry something heavy.
Leaders: Share about somebody you know who really displays the fruit of the Spirit. Why do you enjoy being around this person? Feel free to ask the students for examples if they have any.
Read Galatians 5:24-26 (NLT)
24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. 26 Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.
If we have time, go into these questions. If we are running short or the conversation is heading another (productive) direction, feel free to summarize as leaders.
Ask: Generally speaking, what does it mean to belong to something? More specifically, what does it mean to belong to Jesus Christ? (V24)
Ask: Don’t name any names, but do you think guys/girls your age struggle with being conceited, provoking one another, or being jealous of one another? Why do you think that is? (V26)
- Possible Answer: We all lack self-confidence and overcompensate by putting others down and puffing ourselves up. We do this when we are looking for fulfillment in things other than Jesus.
Leaders: Take prayer requests and have a leader or two pray over the students. Include time for prayer that the Holy Spirit would convict us where we fall short and that we would show the fruit of the Spirit this week!