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Summertime is harvest time, so what does it mean to bear spiritual fruit? What does the spirit-filled life look like? These are all questions that we will be considering as we look at the 9 fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. Each week we’ll look at one of the 9 fruit and discover how one can cultivate these fruit as one learns to live, walk, and be controlled by the Spirit. Join us for this Summer in the Spirit in which God’s character is being revealed in us.
What is the source of true joy? Does it differ from happiness? What types of things block the flow of joy in our lives and what types of things act as catalysts? Join us as we explore these questions along with some of the ways God has given us to increase and maintain joy in our lives….no matter what our personal circumstances look like.
Gentleness has often been equated with weakness. How does this link in with the call to be 'strong in the Lord and in the power of his might'? Does anyone truly remember what an act of gentleness did to a situation or a person? This message reveals that it takes great strength to truly display gentleness.
When we think of self control, we often think of discipline, keeping lists, being strict with ourselves to achieve a set goal. I have good and bad news for you - the bad news is that you will not get there with the attitude of "trying just a little bit harder". But the good news is oh so good (!): a life surrendered to God is under construction by none other than the Spirit of the Most high Himself to transform you from the inside out. Success guaranteed when we don't stand in the way. But it's a slow process of ripening through the many seasons we face in life.
As C.S. Lewis suggested in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, God is 'not safe, but he is good'. The Bible is full of references to God being good. So it is not surprising that one of the fruit of God's Spirit is goodness. But what does that look like for us today, and how can we display the goodness of God to those around us? By looking at one of Jesus' parables, we will see that although God's level of goodness is beyond our own strength, with God's Spirit at work in us, we can display levels of goodness that go beyond what we think we are capable of.
The Bible is full of assurances of God's faithfulness, and of many stories of famous Bible characters showing their faithfulness to God, like Abraham, Daniel or Joseph. For most of us, however, In the midst of busy lives and many things happening, remaining faithful all the time can be a challenge. Fortunately, by giving us the fruit of the spirit, God helps us on our way when it comes to faithfulness. This week we explore how faith and faithfulness as a gift of God helps us build a stronger relationship with Him.
When the coming Messiah was prophesied by Isaiah to be the 'Prince of Peace', it led many to believe that Jesus, recognized by many in his day as the prophesied Messiah, would bring political and social peace not only to Israel, but to the world. Yet Jesus did not bring world peace. He did not even bring regional peace. So how can he be called the 'Prince of Peace'? And moving on from this, what has Jesus' role concerning peace got to do with us as Christians living in 21st century The Hague and displaying the fruit of peace in our lives? This coming Sunday we will see that a dramatic encounter between Jesus and the powers of darkness reveals his role as truly being the Prince of Peace.
As we begin the series on the fruit of the Spirit this week, we kick it off with the first in the list from Galatians 5:22-23 - love. Love plays such a huge part in the biblical narrative that we may have become over-used to the word, and can almost skip over what it means to be truly loved by God and also to love as he has called us to love. One thing that we need to remember as we look at this particular fruit of the Spirit is that we are not to 'work ourselves up' or 'strive harder' in order to love as God loves. It is a fruit of the Spirit, not all of our great efforts.