Fruit of the Spirit (1)
Allowing the Holy Spirit to develop in us the fruit of love, joy and peace.
For each young person:
A printed copy of the Study Sheet below.
A modern translation of the Bible or printed out copies of the Scripture verses.
Pens or pencils.
Click here for the Study Sheet
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Fruit of the Spirit will be spread over three Bible studies. This
study concentrates on the fruits of love, joy and peace. Possible
answers are included for each question below.
Divide the group into teams of three to five, and get them to study the
Scriptures below and complete their Study Sheets. A person from each
team then reports back and shares their findings. Conclude the study
with a brief summary.
In Romans 8:9, we read that:
"Those controlled by the (their) sinful nature cannot please God.
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit,
if the Spirit of God lives in you."
We belong to Christ and this verse tells us that the Holy Spirit lives in us.
The Holy Spirit works in our lives and changes us into people who
want to love and serve God, and please Him in all they do.
The Bible talks about the "Fruit of the Spirit" and not "Fruits of the
Spirit", because as the Holy Spirit works in our lives, and a rich and
beautiful character grows. Each of us belong to God and the Fruit of
the Spirit marks us as being God's own child!
And so it is the work of the Holy Spirit to transform our characters and the
qualities of love, joy and peace are developed in us by the Holy Spirit.
- What is love? See Jeremiah 31:3 (Love is a deep affection and
showing real interest, pleasure and care for someone you love. God
is love, and His love for us enables us to respond with faith in putting
our trust and hope in our Saviour Jesus Christ).
- Find three examples in the Bible that show God's love towards men e.g.
John 3:16 (John 16:26, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 John 4:10-11).
- Read Matthew 22:37 and list three practical things you can do to show
your love for God (Love God with all your heart, soul (body) and mind - by
serving God, obeying God and thinking about God).
- As our love for God grows, it enables us to love others. Give three
practical examples of how you show your love for others (being respectful,
caring for others and showing them kindness).
- Describe the type of joy that we should have in our lives. See
1 Peter 1:6-9 (Joy comes from the Holy Spirit and is the inexpressible
gladness that we have inside us, knowing that despite trials and suffering,
Jesus is working out our Salvation).
- Read Psalm 51:1-12. What had David done that robbed him of joy? (He
had sinned against God by his adultery with Bathsheba, and by murdering her
husband to cover it up).
- How can joy be restored? (By confessing our sins, asking God to create in
us a pure heart, to help us to be willing to obey, and to restore to us the
the joy of His Salvation).
- If you are not experiencing "The joy of your Salvation" what do you need
- Give a definition for peace (Absence of anxiety and mental and emotional
stress. Reconciled with God and free from the condemnation of sin).
- What was Christ called in Isaiah 9:6? (He will be called Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace).
- When do we have peace with God? Read Romans 5:1-2 (Because we have
believed we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ).
- How big is the peace of God? See Philippians 4:7 (God's peace is far
bigger than we can ever understand, and it will guard our hearts and minds
in Christ Jesus).
The leader should discuss and summarise the findings of what was learnt about
the Fruit of the Spirit from the Bible, and how the teens should respond to
this teaching. Close with a prayer that the Holy Spirit will fill each
person with love, joy and peace.