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Fruit of the Spirit (3)

God wants us to have many fruits

Application:

Allowing the Holy Spirit to develop in us the fruit of faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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:
This last study concentrates on the fruits of faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Possible answers are again 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 faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are developed in us by the Holy Spirit.

Study Sheet

G.  FAITHFULNESS:
  1. What is faithfulness? (Faithfulness is remaining loyal and steadfast and true to God in our beliefs, life and actions).

  2. In Matthew 24:45-50, how was the servant being faithful? (The master found him doing the work he was supposed to do).

  3. In what ways was Daniel was faithful?  See Daniel 6:4-5 (He was honest and faithful and did everything well that he was supposed to).

  4. In what ways can you be faithful?

H.  GENTLENESS:
  1. In Matthew 11:28-30, what is Jesus' His attitude to the people He addresses? (He is very gentle and wants to help and comfort those who are weary and burdened).

  2. How can you show gentleness to somebody in need?

  3. In 1 Thessalonians 2:6-9, how did Paul and the Apostles treat the people in the church? (They were gentle to them, and loved and cared for them).

  4. What can we learn from this beautiful passage that we should put into our lives?

I.  SELF-CONTROL:
  1. Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.  What is required of the athlete in order to win the prize? (To go into training and then run the race and keep running in such a way that you will finish the race and win the prize).

  2. Why is self-control important in a Christian's life? (Because it is so easy to fall into sin, lose our tempers and say hateful things).

  3. In what areas of your life do you need to exercise more self-control?

  4. What three qualities go with self-control?  See Titus 1:7-9 (Be self-disciplined and not quick-tempered or violent).

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 faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

God Bless!
 

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