Rethinking Church Series: Accountability vs Individualism

Galatians 6 1:5

Bear One Another's Burdens

6 Brothers,[a] if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.5 For each will have to bear his own load.

On its own, a member of the body of Chrust is weak, but when together in community, the whole of the church has strength to carry burdens.

I. It is not good for you to be alone. v.1

II. We need each other to lean on. v.1-3

III. Through His eyes. v.3-5

Discussion Questions:

1.    What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?

2.    What is the command in this passage? What is the warning?

3.    At first the two statements “carry each other’s burdens” (v. 2) and “each one should carry his own load” (v. 5) seem contradictory. How should they both be carried out in the Body of Christ?

4.    What does Biblical accountability look like? How are you being held accountable? How are you holding someone else accountable?

5.    If you continue to read this passage in the context of v.10, the command is to look intentionally for opportunities to bless others, especially Christians. What is one small way you can do good for someone else this week?

6.    How can I pray for you?