The Fruits of the Spirit — Lesson #15

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 15

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

Because there is a danger, in the present move of God, to over-emphasize the Gifts of the Spirit, it is necessary to bring a balance by giving proper attention to the study of the “Fruit of the Spirit”.

(1)    WHAT IS THE “FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT”?

 

(Galatians 5:22) tells us that “…the fruit of the Spirit is”:

A.   Love

B.   Joy

C.   Peace

D.   Long-suffering

E.   Gentleness

F.   Goodness

G.   Faith

H.   Meekness

I.   Temperance

The word “fruit” is used here metaphorically to mean “result”,                                                    or “outcome”.  In other words, the result or outcome of the                                              Holy Spirit in a believer’s life should be the nine virtues listed above.  Vine’s defines         fruit as “being the visible expression of power working inwardly and invisibly, the                    character of the fruit being evidence of the character of the power producing it”.

(2) HOW ARE THESE “VIRTUES” BROUGHT ABOUT IN OUR LIVES?

A.   By the Gospel (Colossians 1:5-6). B.   By being joined to Christ (Romans 7:4).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               C.   By abiding in Christ and allowing ourselves to be “pruned” (John           15:1,4).                                                                                                                                                                                  D.   Tribulation (Romans 5:3).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                E.   Not walking in the counsel of the wicked (Psalms 1:1).                                                                                                                                                                                                                   F.   Not standing in the way of sinners (Psalms 1:1).

G.   Not sitting in the seat of scoffers (Psalms 1:1).

H.   By delighting in and meditating in God’s Word (Psalms 1:2).

I.    By walking as “children of light” (Ephesians 5:7-9).By making no provision for the                    flesh in regard to its lusts (Romans 13:14), and dying to “self” (John 12:24).

K.   By allowing ourselves to be trained by chastening (Hebrews 12:11).

(3)    HOW IMPORTANT IS IT THAT WE “BEAR FRUIT”?

A.   Jesus said it was for this purpose that He chose us (John 15:16).

B.   Scripture tells us that we are to bring forth fruit in keeping with our repentance                 (Matthew 3:8).

C.   Entrance into God’s eternal kingdom will be supplied by having, practicing, and                           increasing in Christian virtues (II Peter 1:8-11).

D.   We are warned of the danger of not bearing fruit or bearing bad fruit:

1.    Every tree that does not bear fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire                            (Matthew 3:10).

2.   The parable of the talents teaches us that the Lord expects a return on that                                          which He has entrusted to us (Matthew 25:14-30).

3.   (Hebrews 6:8) warns us that that which has received what is needed to                             produce fruit and does not, is rejected, nigh unto cursing and whose end is to                 be burned.

4.   False prophets can be distinguished by their “fruit”.

E.   The apostle Paul said that even if he spoke in tongues, prophesied, knew all                         mysteries and all knowledge, had all faith, gave all his possessions to feed the                           poor, and even became a martyr, he was nothing if he did not have love                                           (I Corinthians 13:1-3). Later on in his letter to the Colossians, he exhorted them to                         put on love, which is the bond of perfectness (Colossians 3:14).

(4)  DO WE POSSESS ALL NINE VIRTUES WHEN WE RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?

A.   When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive only the enabling power to bring                forth these virtues in our lives.

B.   The Bible is clear on its teaching that fruit can only be brought forth in due season        (Psalms 1:3).

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 15 –  STUDY SHEET

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

1.   Galatians 5:22-25 But the _______________ of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,                 long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such       there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the with the affections and lusts. If we live in the ____________________ let us also                         _____________________ in the Spirit.

2.   The word “fruit” is used here metaphorically to mean “_________________” or

“_________________________”.

3.   Vine’s defines fruit as “being the _____________________ expression of

_________________________ working inwardly and invisibly, the character of the          fruit being evidence of the character of the power producing it.”

4.   Colossians 1:5-6 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard           before in the word of the truth of the ______________________; which is come unto        you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth ___________, as it doth also in you,         since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

5.   Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the

______________________________________,; that ye should be married to       another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth

__________________ unto God.

6.   Read John 15:1 and verse 4 What do you think the word abide means?

 

 

 

7.   In Psalm 1:1-3 What are three ways that the fruit of the Spirit are brought about in us?

 

8.   List at least three reasons that it is important to “bear fruit.”

 

 

9.   The Bible is clear on it’s teaching that fruit can only be brought forth in  __________ season. (Psalms 1:3)

Personal Questions:

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"That the Kingdom of God will rule ,with power, on earth as it rules in Heaven." My life time quest. G.W. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Rev. George Watkins pastored Christian Life World Outreach and Training Center in Mount Vernon, Washington for 29 years. He is director of George Watkins Ministries a.k.a. WORLDNet Ministries and has ministered through radio broadcasting, audio tape ministry, and a correspondence Bible course reaching into many countries of the world. Ministry teams have traveled with him to over twenty nations, working with local missionaries to establish churches, and conduct crusades and pastors’ seminars. George Watkins has authored several books: Women in Today’s Church, a scriptural insight into God’s intentions for both men and women to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ; Five Key Secrets to Long Life and Divine Health concerning God’s supernatural protection and promises to those who obey Him; and Staying Free, a mini-book used as a guide to maintaining freedom once delivered from the bondages of satan; Ask The Boy: stories through the eyes of those who were healed by the hands of Jesus. The Wisest Man I Have Ever Known: stories and parables teaching the truths of God’s word, as well as other teaching manuals. George Watkins has been active in the ministry for many years. He has a strong ministry to the local church as a seasoned veteran with his rich background as a pastor and evangelist. Many churches draw from his experience and consider him to be an integral part of their own ministries. His ministry is a blend of humor and straight forward teaching based on the belief that God means what He says, that His Word applies to our everyday, practical lives, and that it has power to make us whole in mind, body and soul. Rev. Watkins believes that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are to be used by every believer. He believes that using these spiritual tools will bring freedom to those in bondage. Rev. Watkins believes this is the age of the supernatural and will prove to be the Church’s finest hour. His vision is to equip the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission, making disciples of all nations. He has a unique ability to challenge the hearer to “sell out” to God, by faith, to fulfill God’s personal plan for your destiny. George and Arlis live in Mount Vernon, WA and are the parents of three adult children: Tony, Tiffany and Corbin.
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