Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston

Sermon Series: We are Family

Week 2: Out of the Water



  1. Review from last week:  We saw a news video about two boys who unexpectedly got caught up in a rip current in the ocean, and then Pastor Dale said, “Rip currents don’t just happen at the beach.”  What did he mean by that?


  1. Read Romans 12:10a  “Be devoted to one another in love.” Another way to express this is: “ Watch over one another in love.”  What are some ways Christians can watch over one another?


  1. Pastor Dale said, “Christianity is not a solo sport. We can’t do it alone.”  Why is it difficult to do our faith alone?  What happens when someone tries to do it alone?

4. Read Galatians 6:1-10:

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.  2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.  4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.  6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.


What questions or comments come to your mind as you read this passage?

Which phrase or idea from this passage resonates especially with you?  Why?

Which phrase or idea from this passage might some people have a hard time with?  Why?


Four Ideas from Galatians 6:1-2:

Caught in a Sin

5. The Greek word for “caught” here is paralambano, which means to get taken by surprise.  It’s like a bird getting caught in a trap, or a person getting caught in a rip current.  Knowing this, what do you think getting “caught in sin” means, and how might this happen?


6. Pastor Dale pointed out that this is not about being a spiritual police officer.  What did he mean by that?  How do we avoid acting like a spiritual police officer when we’re watching out for each other in love?


Restore Gently

7. The word for restore here means “repair or restore to its original condition.”  This passage tells us to “restore them gently”.  What do you think it means to restore someone gently?  How do you do that?  What are some things to avoid when doing that?


Watch Yourself

8. Why do you think Paul includes the instruction to “watch yourself”?  How does a person do that?


Carry Each Other’s Burdens

9. Paul says that we should “carry each other’s burdens.” What are some burdens that people could use help carrying?


10.  What is the difference between carrying someone’s burden and being co-dependent?


11. In the Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins struggled as he carried the ring full of evil trying to get rid of it at the top of Mount Doom.  It got harder and harder to carry, and he almost didn’t make it, until his friend Sam said, “I cannot carry the ring for you.  But I can carry you.”

Have you ever experienced a situation like that, where someone helped carry you through a difficult time?  If so, describe how they helped you through it.


12. Look at our list of Empower Groups at https://communityofhope.church/empower-groups  and consider the following two questions:

  • What group do I need to join?
  • Who could I invite to these groups?

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