Sermon Outline 29 May 2011
John 1:12 Our personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ – we become children of God.
I John 5:11-13 The assurance of eternal life through Jesus.
Revelation 3:20 The Lord will dine with us – a constant fellowship.
God’s desire – we experience abundant, fruitful and victorious lives for Him.
I THREE WAYS OF LIFE:
- The Natural Man – one who does not know Christ; who believes in other forms of divinity. No knowledge of salvation. Shall be judged by God’s natural revelation, Romans 1.
- The Carnal Christian, Romans 7:15-25 The good that I want to do, I cannot do; the evil I should not be doing, I am inclined to do – The Flesh Vs. Spirit life.
- The Spirit-filled Christian, Galatians 5:16 Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Galatians 5:18 Let the Holy Spirit lead your life.
Galatians 5:22-23 The manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit.
1. Love (agape)
Love is a personal relationship and cannot be commanded.
God’s own love growing as His fruit in the hearts of men, no one can claim it as a merit for self-revelation.
No one can claim to have love unless God puts it in his heart.
God gave His Son not because He expected man’s love in return, but His overflowing grace.
Man is commanded to love God not because God needs his love and service, but simply for man’s own good and to show his gratitude.
God is love – God’s divine character in all those who love, I John 4:8,19,20.
A forgiving and sacrificial love.
I Corinthians 13 The ethics of Christian love.
2. Joy (khara)
Comes from a life that is gracious and kind, full of goodwill, generous to impart itself to others, sorrowful yet always rejoicing.
Sufferings were God’s media for blessings and materials for thanksgiving (II Corinthians 1:11).
To be content in every situation (Philippians 4:11) provided that God is glorified.
This joy promises inward satisfaction and outward benediction.
3. Peace (eirene)
God is the source of peace (Romans 1:7; 15:33)
God’s purpose was to create free persons to live in harmony with Him and with one
God sent His Son to make peace. His apostles preached peace to be reconciled to Him.
(II Corinthians 5:19-21).
It was an everlasting fruit to keep men’s hearts and minds from anxiety about anything
4. Patience (makrothmia)
Usually referred as not subject to sudden outbursts of anger and rage.
To bear with the weakness of men and to suffer without retaliation.
Imitate the kindness of God, intended to lead sinners to repentance (Romans 2:3-4).
5. Kindness (khrestotes)
God was rich in kindness which He manifested through the ages by leading sinners to repentance (Romans 2:4).
To enjoy God’s kindness – repent and allow the Spirit to bring forth the same fruit in one’s own life.
Acceptance – embracing each other.
6. Goodness (agathosune)
Good for something; to let our light shine. To be worthy of His call and His calling to
teach men the knowledge of God, and to bring the ideals of the Spirit into fruition in
7. Faithfulness (pistis)
The faith which believed and accepted, trusted, and entrusted one’s whole life to God (Romans 3:3; 5:6-11; 10:14-17; I Corinthians 15:9-11, 14, 17).
The first fruit of our faith is a vital, mystical, moral fellowship with Jesus.
We learn to believe, to hope and to love, assured of eternal life and empowered to share the sufferings of Christ (Colossians 1:24).
Our faith makes us trustworthy, truthful and sincere, always faithful to duty.
This faithful faith gives us strength in the storms of life.
It enables us to walk with our Lord on the highway of love.
8. Gentleness (prautes)
To produce gentleness, we must estimate ourselves soberly, count others better than ourselves, and treat them as graciously as Christ treats us (Romans 12:3; Colossians 3:13)
9. Self-control (egkrateia)
Applies not only to drunkenness and reveling, but all the flesh works in Galatians 5:19-21.
The life in the Spirit helps us to overcome such temptations. We need to deny and fast and pray for victory. Our spiritual experience should show in our self-discipline.
Romans 8:1, 2, 6 Christ has set me free from sin – to set my mind on the Spirit is life.
Romans 12:1, 2 To give to God our spiritual worship – renewal of our minds to the will of God.
Colossians 3:12-14 Exhibit compassion, humility, bear with one another, forgive – be embodied in forgiving love.
The spiritual life brings peace and joy. Life in the Spirit honors God and brings eternal fruit.
Colossians 3:3 – We are dead to Christ and made alive in Christ (Galatians 2:20).
The crucifixion of self (flesh) can be experienced through faith that my sins and self have been crucified in the cross.
The result of death to self is the Spirit-filled life.
II APPROPRIATING CHRIST’S LIFE:
All Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit but not all are controlled by Him.
A. Ephesians 5:18 We are commanded to be filled (controlled) with the Holy Spirit.
B. Galatians 3:14 By faith we receive the promise of the Holy Spirit.
C. Luke 11:13 We are to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit.
Yield yourself to the Holy Spirit. Daily depend upon His fullness in your lives, who gives
victory in Christ (II Corinthians 2:14)
Acts 1:8 We will be filled with power to witness when the Holy Spirit comes upon us.
John 7:37-39 To those who believe in Christ, out of him shall flow rivers of living water –
the filling of the Spirit which Jesus gives.