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Series: Live Free or Die - Week 2 - Freedom in Justification

Big Idea Wk 1 - Freedom comes from a mutually exclusive love relationship whereby both parties are willing to give up some of their freedom. 

  • Judiazer Math - Jesus + Your Performance = Freedom  
  • Gospel Math - Jesus + Nothing Else = Freedom 

Big Idea wk 2 - Freedom doesn’t come from telling people how to live (condemnation) but telling people how they are loved (Justification). 

  • Condemnation - I’m going to tell you how to live. 
  • Justification - I’m going to tell you how you are loved.

This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. Galatians 2:4

Condemnation - I’m going to tell you how to live. 

Justification - I’m going to tell you how you are loved.

The Jewish Prayer Shaw - Tallit 

  • The numerical value fo the word Tzitzit (fringes) is 600. 
  • Each of the fringes contain 8 threads and 5 knots making a total of 6:13 
  • This number corresponds to the 613 commands contained in the Torah. 

“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, The LORD is one.”  Deuteronomy 6:4 

Kanaph - “Wings,” “Corner,” “Border” 

The Lord said to Moses,  “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel.  You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my commands and will be consecrated to your God. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord your God.’”  Numbers 15:37-40 

"But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. Malachi 4:2 

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:5 

When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 

Mark 5:27-28

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. Mark 5:34 

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Matthew 5:17 

“But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not!  If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.

“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! Galatians 2:17-21 

How are we free in our justification? 

Leader Discussion Guide - Week 2

Series: Live Free Or Die 

Wk 2 - Freedom in Justification 

Big Idea: 

Condemnation - I’m going to tell you how to live. 

Justification - I’m going to tell you how you are loved. 


  1. Who was the biggest authority figure in your life growing up? 

2. As a kid, were you someone who instantly broke down if your parents gave you “the look” if you did something bad? Or Were you the kid that took a little more than a “look” to know you were in trouble? 


  1. In your own faith journey, have you known the church to be what they are for or what they are against? 

2. Read Galatians 2:4 

Why do you supposed that some Christians feel the need to play the morality police? 

3. Singer/Songwriter Jackson Browne wrote this lyric - “Don’t confront me with my failures. I have not forgotten them. 

How do you resonate with this lyric? 


Read Galatians 2:17-21 

  1. What are some of the ways we justify our lives and existence that are not in trusting the Grace of God? 

2. How would you define the word Condemnation in your own words? 

3. How would you define the word Justification in your own words? 

Leader Read: To be justified, according to Paul, means that the judge has given us a verdict of guilty. When we move to the sentencing phase, we find out that while we are guilty our sentence of life w/o the possibility of parole has already been served by the Judge’s son - Jesus. 

  1. How does that definition of Justification sit with you?

2.  What or where do you find yourself not really believing that definition of Justification? 

3. Read Galatians 2:21. Why do you think we try really hard at following rules vs. trusting in the fact that Jesus obeyed all the rules, for us, because he knew we couldn’t do it? 

4. Is there anything creeping in the back of your mind where you don’t really believe that you have been justified and forgiven by Christ? 

Prayer Experience 

Here’s a simply prayer your group can engage in. Ask every person in your group and pray for the person on their right by saying, the following: 

Leader: Read Galatians 2:17-21 over your group as their eyes are closed. 

Invite everyone in the group to pray this prayer for the person on their right: 

“ ________ (First Name) though you are guilty of sin you have been justified by the cross of Christ. Your sentence has been served.” 

Feel free to make copies of this prayer before hand if you want to pass out copies. It could powerful if you pray this prayer 2-3 times going in circles.