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Fruit of the Spirit

May 24, 2015 - Rev Matt Tuggle




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Family Connection:

Share a time with your family when you knew what was the right thing to do, but it wasn’t easy to actually do the right thing. Why was it so hard to do even though you know it was right?

Read Galatians 5:16-26 as a family. Matt talked about the Fruit of the Spirit and the works of the flesh as a litmus test to gauge your relationship with God. Discuss as a family what this looks like for you currently. Do you struggle with any of the works of the flesh? Would others say that you exude the fruit of the Spirit?

What will you do intentionally to allow the Holy Spirit to be more powerful in your life than your fleshly desires?

I hope you all had an amazing, albeit wet, Memorial Day Weekend! We’re crossing our fingers for a dry Sunday morning this week, but we’ll be there ready to worship rain or shine. We hope to see you there!

Galatians: Fruit of the Spirit
On Sunday, Matt talked about Galatians 5, wherein there are two different lists:
1. Works of the Flesh and 2. Fruit of the Spirit.

(To paraphrase)
Works of the Flesh (Gal. 5:19-21)
Sexual Immorality
Idolatry
Envy/Jealousy
Anger
Selfishness
Drunkenness
…and things like these

Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23)
Love
Joy
Peace
Patience
Goodness
Generosity
Kindness
Faithfullness
Self-Control

We have a tendency to look at these lists as to-don’t-do and to-do lists respectively. We see everything in the first list as the things we should be avoiding, and we try to make sure we’re checking off the things in the second list. However, this should not be the case.

These are more of a litmus test. If we feel ourselves identifying more with list one, then we are being guided too much by our flesh. We’re letting our most basic, selfish, human instincts control us. If we find ourselves identifying more with list two, this is a clear sign that the Holy Spirit is working well within us.

It’s not about making sure you hit everything on the list; it’s about a genuine transformation. The only way we can have this genuine transformation is by letting our lives be guided by the Holy Spirit. It’s not just about knowing what to avoid doing and what to strive for, it's about truly living as transformed people.

Matt offered some practical steps to help us better stay in tune with the Spirit.
1. First 15- This is an idea that was launched church-wide in January. Spend the first 15 minutes of your day in scripture/prayer/worship. Devote those first moments of the day to God and let it set you up for the rest of the day.
2. 3x5- Pray for five minutes three times a day. This could be as simple as praying when you get up, on a work break, and when you go to bed. It can be whatever you want!
3. Index Card- For the more visual or hands-on people, carry around an index card with the things you want to be praying for. Pull it out whenever you pray so you always know what to be praying for.

You don’t have to do all of these things, but any one of them will help open yourself up to let the Spirit guide you.

Christianity isn’t about having information, it’s about experiencing transformation. Invite the Holy Spirit to transform the way you live and help you be a walking example of the Fruit of the Spirit every day.

Reading Schedule:
Wednesday: Galatians 6:1-6
Thursday: Galatians 6:7-10
Friday: Galatians 6:11-18

 

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