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The Fruit of the Spirit 1

  1. Love: The Essence of Christian Character The Fruit of the Spirit 1 By Kevin G. Smith
  2. Lesson Outline 1. Christian character defined 2. Christian character developed 3. Christian character cultivated Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  3. Point 1 CHRISTIAN CHARACTER DEFINED Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  4. Christian Character Defined What is Christian character? • The Bible gives a simple answer to that question: Christian character is Christlikeness! Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  5. Christian Character Defined 1. Jesus Christ is the model of Christian character. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  6. Christian Character Defined Romans 8:29 2 Corinthians 3:18 For those God foreknew And we, who with he also predestined to be unveiled faces all reflect conformed to the likeness the Lord’s glory, are being of his Son, that he might transformed into his be the firstborn among likeness with ever- many brothers. increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  7. Christian Character Defined Ephesians 4:11-13 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  8. Christian Character Defined 1. Jesus Christ is the model of Christian character. 2. Love is the supreme manifestation of Christian character Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  9. Christian Character Defined There is one quality that sums up and incorporates all that God wants us to be— love! Love is the one quality that defines Christian character. All other virtues are just expressions of love. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  10. Love is like Joy the hub of a Self- control Peace wheel with all the other virtues Gentle- Love Patience radiating out ness from it like spokes. Faithful- Kindness ness Goodness Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  11. Christian Character Defined John 13:34-35 Romans 13:8-10 A new command I give you: for he who loves his fellowman Love one another. As I have has fulfilled the law. The loved you, so you must love commandments … are one another. By this all men summed up in this one rule: will know that you are my ‘Love your neighbour as disciples, if you love one yourself.’ Love does no harm to another. its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  12. Point 2 CHRISTIAN CHARACTER DEVELOPED Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  13. Christian Character Developed The New Testament consistently describes the process of developing Christlike character by using the agricultural metaphor of fruitbearing. We become Christlike as the Holy Spirit produces spiritual fruit in our lives. The fruitbearing image is central to the Christian understanding of character development. Fruit stands in contrast to works in that works are the result of our efforts while fruit is the result of God’s activity in us. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  14. Christian Character Developed The Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:16-18 1. The two natures So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  15. Christian Character Developed The Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:19-21 1. The two natures The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity 2. The old nature and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  16. Christian Character Developed The Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23 1. The two natures But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness 2. The old nature and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who 3. The new nature belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  17. Christian Character Developed The Fruit of the Vine John 15:4-5 Jesus used the illustration of the Remain in me, and I will remain in vine and its branches to drive you. No branch can bear fruit by home the same point that Paul itself; it must remain in the vine. made in Galatians, namely, that Neither can you bear fruit unless Christian character is not you remain in me. I am the vine; something we produce by you are the branches. If a man ourselves but something that remains in me and I in him, he Christ produces in us as we allow will bear much fruit; apart from him to work in our lives. me you can do nothing. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  18. Christian Character Developed We must remain in him He must remain in us Just as the branches must The indwelling Christ must be remain in contact with the given room in our lives to vine, so we must maintain our transform us from the inside relationship with him if we are out, making us more like to produce fruit. himself (Gal. 2:20). Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  19. Point 3 CHRISTIAN CHARACTER CULTIVATED Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  20. Christian Character Cultivated We develop it by cultivating our relationship with Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us. We do not focus on developing the fruit of the Spirit. We focus on Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit automatically produces fruit in our lives. There are two things we must do to fertilise the soil of our hearts so that the fruit of the Spirit grows abundantly. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  21. Christian Character Cultivated 1. Fellowship with “Spending time with God God is the single most important key to developing godly character.” Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  22. Christian Character Cultivated 1. Fellowship with 1 Corinthians 15:33 God Do not be misled: ‘Bad 2. Fellowship with company corrupts good character.’ believers Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  23. Christian Character Cultivated 1. Fellowship with Hebrews 10:24-25 God And let us consider how we may spur one another on 2. Fellowship with toward love and good deeds. believers Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  24. CONCLUSION Love: The Essence of Christian Character
  25. Conclusion 1. Christian character defined: Jesus Christ is the model, and love the supreme manifestation. 2. Christian character developed: the biblical model is one of fruitbearing. 3. Christian character cultivated: We can cultivate the soil of our hearts through fellowship with God and others. Love: The Essence of Christian Character
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