The Sermon Series "The Fruits of the Spirit"

This series explained what the Bible teaches about the Fruits of the Holy Spirit as He lives within us after we've been born again.

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

April 3, 2016

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Notes and Key points:

The Holy Spirit Produces Fruit

  1. We must be willing to be led by the Spirit.
  2. Cultivating a fuller understanding of love.
  3. Love is not an option, but a command.

Scripture References:

“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.” ~Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)

“So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won't be doing what your sinful nature craves. The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict.” ~ Galatians 5:16-17 (NLT)

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” ~John 15:13

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” ~John 13:34-35

 

Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

April 10, 2016

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Notes and Key points:

Joy, or more accurately, the Marks of Joy are not something we should strive to attain.  No, rather, the Marks of Joy are something that, when we take stock of our life, we realize that God has given us these gifts and we have received and made them a part of who we are.  Unity, peace, and thanksgiving – three marks of joy in this life that lead to joy in the eternal life are promised to all who believe in Jesus Christ and choose to glorify him in all things.

Scripture References:

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! ~Philippians 4.1

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. ~Philippians 4-9a

I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ~Philippians 18b-20 

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

April 17, 2016

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Notes and Key points:

What does peace really mean?

  1. We have been promised peace internally.
  2. We should also produce peace externally.
  3. Living a life of peace that we all desire.

Scripture References:

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” ~ Romans 12:18-19

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” ~John 14:27

Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

April 24, 2016

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Notes and Key points:

What is patience mean to me?

  1. Most impatience comes from self-centeredness.
  2. Patience comes through understanding others.
  3. Greater patience makes it easier to love.

Scripture References:

“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.  You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” ~James 5:7-8

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” ~Colossians 3:12-14

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” ~1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

May 1, 2016

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Notes and Key points:

What does kindness mean for me?

  1. Kindness can be shown with words and actions.
  2. Showing kindness to others is Holy task.
  3. Living kindness as an everyday habit.

Scripture References:

“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” ~James 2:15-16

“Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” ~Matthew 25:37-40

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” ~John Wesley

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~1 John 3:18

 

Fruit of the Spirit: Generosity

May 8, 2016

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Notes and Key points:

What does generosity mean for me?

  1. Everything we have is from God.
  2. We need to hold on to everything loosely.
  3. Christians should not have treasured possessions.

Scripture References:

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, he world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” ~Psalm 24:1-2

“Jesus said to him, ‘If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When the young man heard this word, he went away grieving, for he had many possessions.” ~Matthew 19:21-22

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’” ~Matthew 19:23-24

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” ~Matthew 6:24

 

Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

May 15, 2016

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Notes and Key points:

What does Faithfulness really mean?

  1. We are called to live a life of faith.
  2. Christians must live our lives with integrity.
  3. Integrity is for our own lives and our witness.

Scripture References:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ~Ephesians 2:8-10

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ~ Philippians 4:8

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” ~1 Peter 3:15-17

 

Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

May 22, 2016

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Notes and Key points:

What does Gentleness mean in my life?

  1. Thinking of the other person’s feelings.
  2. Gentleness was the way and teaching of Jesus.
  3. Gentleness is the way to influence people.

Scripture References:

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” ~Luke 6:31

“Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’” ~John 8:10-11

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. ~Matthew 23:25

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” ~1 Peter 3:15

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” ~Proverbs 15:1

 

Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

May 29, 2016

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Notes and Key points:

What does Self-Control look like?

  1. Gaining self control over our emotions.
  2. Sin is pleasurable or it wouldn’t be tempting.
  3. Producing fruit and growing in discipleship.

Scripture References:

“The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” ~Galatians 5:19-26

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” ~Proverbs 29:11

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” ~Ephesians 5:18-19