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Fruit of the Spirit

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Habakkuk 2:4; John 14, 15; Romans 5:1-5; 12:1-21; 1 Corinthians 12:1-14:40; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 4:1-6:20; Philippians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:3-9
 
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:1-4
 
 
Understanding and Applying the Fruit of the Spirit
 

What is the Fruit of the Spirit?

 
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. Galatians 5:22-23
The Fruit of the Spirit is God's love and work in us, the love of Christ flowing in through His Holy Spirit in and out of us! All because we have a personal relationship with Christ, we have God's living presence in us, living in us. The result is we have the ability to reflect His Fruit and character. In addition, this is a moral obligation on our part to live out our New Life in Christ effectively. This then becomes our visible evidence of our relationship and growth in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior that is contagious and affects others. We display Christ by our manner, demeanor, and temperament. Thus, the Fruit we make becomes the influence and the display case of His transforming power. We do not do this alone; He gives us the Holy Spirit, God's active love and work within and through us so we bear and convey His attributes of Fruit and character. This means we "cultivate," add to as in supplement His Fruit, God's empowering love for us, which we are given and then we are to continue to build up by our faith development so we are able to pass this on to others (Isa. 27:6; Hos. 10:1; 14:8; Matt. 3:8; Rom. 6:22; Eph. 5:9; Phil. 1:11).
 
 
 
 
Fruit of the Spirit, Part I
 
Introduction to the Fruit of the Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit is described as a fruit because it is made up of more than one substance. Just like any fruit from a tree, such as an apple or an orange, it has juice, pulp, peel, core, segments, and seeds, all held together by a skin or rind, and attached to the tree by a stem where its nutrients flow in. So it is with our relationship in Christ.
 
 
 
Fruit of the Spirit, Part II
 
 
The Fruit of the Spirit is the continual and indispensable application of God's work in us that spurs our growing, effectual, spiritual development. This, in turn, assembles the elements we need to further build and live out our faith so we can effectively and graciously relate to others around us.
 
 
 
Fruit of the Spirit, Part III
 
 
The Essential Role of Fruit in the Church! Does your church have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control pouring from its leaders and most of its people, on your campus and into the streets where its people are? If not, something is terribly wrong!
 
 
 
Fruit of the Spirit, Part IV
 
 
Just before the great passage in Galatians that expounds the Fruit of the Spirit comes a warning and a list of the opposites of the good Fruit, the destroyers of churches, relationships, and self! This all comes down to our willingness to either live a life that is led by the Spirit or one that is led by our flesh, that of our pride and will.
 
 
 
Fruit of the Spirit, Part V
 
When we start to think and believe more biblically, we will have lives that bring about love and goodness. We can have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control flowing in, through, and out of us. If we rather focus on what someone did to us or what we did not get, we will bring about chaos and suffering instead of the hope and the prosperity of faith, which is what the Fruit of the Spirit brings to the table of life.
 
 
 
Fruit of the Spirit Part VI
 

What does it mean to be Spirit filled? Has someone ever asked you if you are "led by the Spirit?" or if you are "Spirit driven" or "Spirit-filled" or have the Holy Spirit's Baptism? Since the turn of the twentieth century, many Christian groups have placed their focus on the Holy Spirit as front and center for the Church as well as their personal and ministry life. As a result, a lot of various teachings have come up that are very popular, some good, some bad and not biblical.

 
 
 
Fruit of the Spirit Part VII
 

We have to realize that the Fruit of the Spirit is a "must" endeavor--not a convenience or a mere attitude, nor is it just for children or something to be ignored. Rather, it is a principle hallmark that points to God's Holiness and effectual Christian living. It is not something we are to regulate to the youth departments of the church, thinking we have grown beyond it as adults. Rather, it is the most important thing a Christian and, especially a minister of the Word and church leader, is to be doing. It is who we are to be, growing and maturing as a lifelong journey of our spiritual formation our faith development and deployment.

 

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Gal. 5:25

 

Biblical curriculums to help us in knowing and applying the Fruit of the Spirit  

 

The Fruit of the Spirit is Love

Love desires to seek and apply what God has to say.

The Fruit of the Spirit is Joy

Joy will allow us to enjoy our relationship with Christ

 

The Fruit of the Spirit are codependent entities; neither one can stand or work by itself as they are designed to work all together synergistically to build us up for His service.

 

The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace

Allowing tranquility to be our tone and control our composure.

The Fruit of the Spirit is Patience

Patience is showing tolerance and fortitude                

 

The Fruit of the Spirit are not what we do when we have the time or feel like it; they are what we are to do--period!

 

The Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness

Kindness is the medium through which Christ's love becomes tangible

The Fruit of the Spirit is Goodness

Goodness is the engagement of love!                          

 

In Christ, together we make the Fruit by taking His yoke so it will create the blossom, and when we keep His yoke (growth in our faith and practice of being a disciple) we will bear the Fruit. It is what we are to Christ-not so much what we do in His name.

The Fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness

Faithfulness is the gluing fruit that will preserve our faith  

The Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness

Gentleness is the character that will show calmness and the Love of Christ

 

Remember; the Fruits and Character cost dearly, they are not cheap by and from the One who bought them for us, for our betterment and for His glory. We must not take for granted what cost Him so much!

The Fruit of the Spirit is Self-Control

Self-Control is allowing God to be in control of your will and heart

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit!    

 

  

Expanded Fruit of the Spirit Bible Studies in Downloadable PDF Files

  

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control

 

FruitoftheSpiritIntroLAC.pdf

The Fruit of the Spirit, Introduction.  Getting your life in "Synced" with God and Others!

A Bible Study that is linking to Lake Avenue Church Pastor Waybright and the rest of our children's classes on a journey through the "Synced" teaching series which will go through the fruit of the spirit.

Love  LACFruitofLoverev.pdf

Joy  LACFruitofJoyrev.pdf

Peace  LACFruitofPeaceev.pdf

Patience  LACFRUITofPatiencerev.pdf

Kindness  LACFruitofKindnessrev.pdf

Goodness  LACFruitofGoodnessrev.pdf

Faithfulness  LACFruitofFaithfulnessrev.pdf

Gentleness  LACFruitofGentlenessrev.pdf

Self-Control  LACFruitofSelfContrev.pdf

 

Fruit of the Spirit Family Devotions

This is designed for church student ministries, personal, family devotions and sermon tie-ins.

 

Children's Curriculum

Fruit of the Spirit Youth

This is designed for church based or camp, children's ministry for grades 1 through 3. This can be adapted for grades 4-8 by incorporating the teachers study into the talking points. At the end of this curriculum is more for older youth, family devotions and sermon tie-ins.

 

More Fruits are here:  Character

 

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