This whole study has been about transformation. We aren’t working on our old caterpillar selves, but instead we’re completely transformed--just like a butterfly.
God could have worked on our caterpillar selves and made improvements. He could have added a flashy cross-shaped tattoo on our backs, given us a fancy jacket, or changed our eye color. But instead, God decided to transform us and let our old selves die when Jesus hung on that cross over 2000 years ago. We may have parts of us that look familiar, but we are made completely new. Instead of condemning us, he wanted to give us wings! Instead of obligating us to follow rules, he gave us 6000 lenses and the ability to see ultraviolet light (fun butterfly facts) so we could see differently and he could live in relationship with us.
Here’s the question we want to keep coming back to:
HOW IS GOD CHANGING YOU THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE?
The truth is, the change was already done the moment we asked for it! God sees our new beautiful butterfly selves. The rules are no longer about our caterpillar state, but about being ruled by the Holy Spirit as a butterfly.
And now that we are changed, we can present ourselves to Jesus so we can have meaningful conversations free from judgement of our past. God looks at us like we’re new!
JESUS CAME TO FULFILL THE LAW
Romans 8:3-4 talks about Jesus having to be the one to put an end to sin controlling us. This doesn’t take away from the law, but completes the law.
The penalty of sin was death. Jesus was the ONLY solution to put an end to sin’s control on us. Therefore, there is nothing for us to “do” to receive God’s grace. We got it the moment we asked for it. We don’t have to work for it or follow any rules to get it. It was given to us. The death penalty was fulfilled permanently in Jesus.
Why do you think Jesus was so angry with the Pharisees (Jewish teachers/leaders) when they challenged him on Jewish law? What did they not understand?
How does this change your view on rules in your relationships?
LETTING JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL
Losing control sounds pretty scary, but what does Paul mean by Romans 8:6 “to be controlled by the Spirit results in life and peace?”
Do you think the Spirit is a trustworthy keeper of your thoughts and mind? How can you reclaim your imagination through the Spirit?
DOWN WITH THE FLESH, UP WITH THE SPIRIT!
Our identity has changed, but sometimes we need a reminder. God sent “The Helper (John 14:26),” AKA, the Holy Spirit, to help us while we’re here.
What still has a grip on you that prevents you from living through the Spirit? Have you given it a name and asked for the Spirit to help? i.e negative thoughts, addiction, over-busyness
Have you ever fasted with prayer? What happened? If you haven’t, what do you think you would experience with fasting and prayer together?
WE’VE REACHED THE END OF THIS STUDY...
What impacted you the most? How did God change you through this experience?