Due to a technical difficulty we do not have a podcast recording of this week's sermon on the fruit of the Spirit. However, we still invite you to study Galatians 5 and the other texts that we looked at together on Sunday.
These are all the passages mentioned in the sermon. As you take time for personal study, be sure to explore each passage in it's context. Where just one verse was referenced, zoom out to read the full chapter or surrounding texts to give you a clearer view of the context and meaning of each passage. We recommend taking one or two of these portions of scripture to study each day to assist you as you work on applying the sermon to your life.
1 Peter 2:11
Erik pointed out that there are often two unhealthy extremes in our path for joy and holiness: "Religious earning" (thinking our right standing with God can come through our own actions) and "Passive Hopefulness" (the general idea that even if we have no desire to pursue holiness/obedience to God everything will be okay in the end) - which of these extremes have you been most prone to fall into?
Which of the scripture passages from this week most helps you view life in the Spirit in a healthier way?
In what ways are you daily setting yourself up for the Spirit to work in your life through His word?
Embodying the fruit of the spirit is a community project. Are you involved in Christian community where you are open and honest about the Spirit's work in your life? What is one step you can take this week to help nurture or build one such relationship this week?
If you are in a position where you feel stuck in your sin or like you are embodying the works of the flesh far more than the fruit of the Spirit, please consider signing up for the Steps class we will be offering starting May 22nd. Steps is a gospel-centered recovery program created by The Village Church that is not only for those with deep addiction but for any person who struggles to overcome sin. It combines small groups, teaching, mentors, daily study, and assessment. You can sign up for the class by visiting the connect booth on Sunday, or email Erik Ripley if you have any questions about the program. firstname.lastname@example.org
“If sin be subtle, watchful, strong, and always at work in the business of killing our souls, and we be slothful, negligent, foolish, in proceeding to the ruin thereof, can we expect a comfortable event? There is not a day but sin foils or is foiled, prevails or is prevailed on; and it will be so whilst we live in this world.” - John Owen from The Mortification of Sin
“There is no way of deliverance from the state and condition of being in the flesh, but by the Spirit of Christ.” - John Owen from The Mortification of Sin
"As we become more mature in our faith we also become more aware of the depth of our need for our Savior." - Erik Ripley
Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith by the power of the Holy Spirit a part of your growth in Him. These songs are fitting to help you pray and sing through what we are learning about the Holy Spirit and to accompany your reading and personal reflection. Click here to access the playlist on Spotify. Click here to access the playlist on iTunes.