Flourishing: Fruit of the Spirit

Sermon Series

Our spring sermon series is on the “fruit of the Spirit.” This comes from a famous passage at the end of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians:

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants.  And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.  …

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.  Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. …Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

In this passage, Paul addresses the question, “How does one live as a Christian?”.  And rather than offering some obvious responses—“Do the right thing”; “What would Jesus do?”; “Just grit your teeth and do it”—he says we are to live our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because when we are united in faith to Jesus Christ, God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit—God’s power at work in us for new life.

How do we know if we have the Holy Spirit? Paul says we will see evidence of the Spirit’s work in our daily living, “fruit” of the Spirit’s renewal, qualities like:

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • faithfulness
  • gentleness, and
  • self-control.

Through this series, we will learn how to become “fruit inspectors”—understanding the renewing work of the Holy Spirit and examining our lives to see how we are being shaped by the Spirit in what we think and do and say each day.

Listen to the Sermons

  • Joy

    Scripture(s): John 15:1-11
    Speaker: Pastor John Hart

  • Kindness

    Scripture(s): Galatians 5, 2 Samuel
    Speaker: Pastor Becky Hart

  • Self-Control

    Scripture(s): Romans 8:5-11
    Speaker: Pastor John Hart

  • Goodness

    Scripture(s): Galatians 5:22; Psalm 136
    Speaker: Pastor Kyle Doebler