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Fruit of the Spirit (1)

God wants us to have many fruits

Application:

Allowing the Holy Spirit to develop in us the fruit of love, joy and peace.

Materials:

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

Text:

Galatians 5:22-23.

Memory Verse:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

The Study:
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.

Introduction:
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.

Study Sheet

A.  LOVE:
  1. 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).

  2. 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).

  3. 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).

  4. 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).

B.  JOY:
  1. 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).

  2. 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).

  3. 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).

  4. If you are not experiencing "The joy of your Salvation" what do you need to do?

C.  PEACE:
  1. Give a definition for peace (Absence of anxiety and mental and emotional stress.  Reconciled with God and free from the condemnation of sin).

  2. What was Christ called in Isaiah 9:6? (He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace).

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

God Bless!
 

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