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1st November, 2017
BIBLE STUDY
THEME: THE GLORIOUS CHURCH
TOPIC: CORPORATE YET PERSONAL
TEXT: Galatians 6:1-10
AIM: To establish that fellowship with other believers does not substitute for individual personal walk with God

INTRODUCTION
A Christian is saved by grace through faith. He is also called to live a life pleasing to God by faith (Eph. 2:8; Rom. 1:17). Pleasing God by faith entails diligently seeking His face and obedience to all His commands – this is the Christian walk (Heb. 11:6; Gen 17:1). 
The Church is a community of believers called out to fulfill God’s purpose (2 Cor. 6:17-18). By walking and working together – through corporate study of the word, prayers and reaching out to the needy- we fulfill God’s mandate for the Church. 
However, the Christian walk is not limited corporate fellowship. While God does not call a man out into isolation, his walk with God is first of all personal. It therefore implies that each believer is more importantly responsible for his walk with God, just as much as the community of believers do have a role to play in the same matter (Gal. 6:2, 5).
There will be consistent growth in a Christian’s walk with God only when he understands the importance of individual and collective fellowship, and balances them effectively.

DISCUSSION
1. What does it mean to walk with God?
2. What are the elements and benefits of walking with God? John 14:6; Luke 9:23; Heb. 11:6, 12:14; Josh. 1:8; Psa. 119:9; Acts 6:4; 1 Thess. 5:17; Mic. 6:8; Gen. 5:24, 17:1-2, 24:40; 1 Kgs. 8:23; 
3. Discuss the roles of the believer and the community of believers in walking with God under each of the following:
? Prayer - Acts 12:5-7, 16:25-26; James 5:16-18 
? Word of God - Heb. 10:25; 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:14-17
? Spiritual gifts - Eph. 4:11-13; 2 Tim. 1:6
? Physical needs - Acts 2:44-45; 2 Thess. 3:10-13; 1 Tim. 5:8 
4. (a) Practically discuss the reasons why Christians today often fail to strike a balance between these roles [individual and corporate] in walking with God. Are they valid? Luke 14:15-24; Mark 6:45-46
5. (b) How can we tackle this? Matt. 6:19-21; Col. 3:2; Heb. 12:1-2; Luke 10:38-42

CONCLUSION
Regardless of the challenges the world system and the enemy mount against our Christian walk, God’s provision is more than sufficient. Jesus Christ is God’s provision for a victorious Christian walk. Are you still looking onto this Jesus, the Author and Finisher of your walk of faith?  
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