In your own life and the life of your congregation what might the pilgrimage from spiritual childhood to Christian maturity look like?
Paul uses the Old Testament here in ways that would win the approval of no seminary or college professor of Scripture today. When he says that for freedom Christ has set us free, does he mean that we are free to interpret scripture to make the point we want to make? What are the limits and possibilities of Christian freedom when it comes to reading the Bible?
The same Greek word can be translated as “belief” or as “faith.” In what ways might each of these terms be fitting to the claims Paul wants to make, and to our own communities?