The Fruit of the Spirit
Wk 9, “Self-Control”
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful
Key to Spiritual Fruit is to Remain Connected to Jesus
Triple “A” Program
- Abide in God’s Word
- Abide with God’s People
- Abide with God
Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light onto my path.
Small Group Questions
- Considering the parts of the fruit of Spirit, is there one that seems more difficult in your life? Is there one that God had to work closely with you on that you are willing to share?
- Read 1 Corinthians 9:23-27, what do you think Paul means when he says to run in such a way to get the prize? What would the prize be?
- What are some of the things a runner has to bring under control to prepare for a big race? What are some of the things a Christ follower has to bring under control?
- Read John 15:1-2, what do you think Jesus means by branches that don’t bear fruit? What are some examples in our lives?
- Is there a wrong way to read the bible? Do you have a reading plan that you follow/are not following?
- Does it make a difference whether or not we go to church?
- What do you think Paul means when he writes, “I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave”?
- How often should we pray? Is there such thing as praying too much?