Sermon Series - "Imbibe"
A study on the Fruits of the Spirit
I’m not sure what you know about the fruit of the spirit. So I’ll clear something up right away. The fruit of the spirit is not something that you try and get so that you can be closer to God. You don’t say, “I’m eating more peace and so I’m closer to God. I’m more patient so now I’m closer to God.” That’s the opposite of how that works. You invite God to live within you and then you grow the fruit of the spirit. You invite God to live within in you and then you grow more patient, more gentle, more self-controlled.
It’s not up to you to grow the fruit.
Secondly, I also don’t know what you know about horticulture, but fruit grows on a tree. First you have a seed. Then you have a tree. Than you have fruit. Just laying some ground rules here.
You water the tree. The water is taken in through the roots or leaves. It moves deep within the plant itself and transforms that plant, nourishes that plant from the inside, until the plant is able to produce fruit. The water is a very important part.
John 4:14, “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
In a manner of speaking - the plant becomes what it gets or what it doesn’t get. The plant is what it is fed. You are what you eat.
I think the same is true for us. We are what we eat. Do you spend your time watching filthy movies and going to dirty websites? You are what you eat. It is affecting you. It’s changing you. It’s forming you. Do you spend your time daydreaming about the life you would rather have? You are what you eat. It’s affecting you. It’s changing you. It’s forming you. NegativityWhat we allow within our thoughts produces our actions. Thus telling the world who you are.
What fills us is what grows us. Each day that we wake up we are growing. It never stops. Has your life changed in the past 10 years? Yes. It has.
The fruit of the spirit are just words that are used to describe behaviors or actions of those people who have the spirit of God living within them.
Throughout the next several weeks we are going to try and answer the following three questions:
How do I know that I’m a follower of Jesus?
How do I measure spiritual growth in my life?
How do we live as christians in real life?
Sermon 1 - Imbibe: Joy
Sermon 2 - Imbibe: Peace
Sermon 3 - Imbibe: Patience
Sermon 4 - Imbibe: Kindness & Goodness
Sermon 5 - Imbibe: Faithfulness
Sermon 6 - Imbibe: Gentleness
Sermon 7 - Imbibe: Self-control