The Fruit of the Spirit

By James L. Morrisson

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I INTRODUCTION

II THE IMPORTANCE OF FRUIT

A. Definition

B. By Their Fruit You Will Recognize Them

C. Spiritual Gifts Without Fruit Are Empty and Even Dangerous

1. Spiritual gifts
2. Faith
3. Love
4. Acceptance of Jesus

III LIVING BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

A. Three Ways of Living

1. The way of legalism
2. The way of license
3. The Spirit-led life

B. The Internal Conflict

C. The Fruits of the Flesh and the Spirit Contrasted

1. The fruit of the flesh
2. The fruit of the Spirit

D. The Consequences of the Choice

E. The Power of the Holy Spirit

IV. THE NINE ASPECTS OF THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

A. Love

1. Definition
2. The two dimensions of love
3. The central importance of love
4. Agape love is a decision; it does not depend on feelings
5. The nature of love

a. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
b. Other scriptures

6. Love expresses itself in action

B. Joy

C. Peace

1. Peace as the result of right authority in force
2. Peace as unity and harmony among believers
3. Peace as freedom from anxiety

D. Patience

E. Kindness

F. Goodness

G. Faithfulness (Faith)

1. The central importance of faith
2. Faith is believing God's word and his promises rather than the circumstances
3. We are called on to grow in faith
4. We are warned against unbelief
5. Faithfulness includes dependability


H. Gentleness

I. Self-control

J. The unity of these nine aspects

V. CULTIVATING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

A. General principles

1. Fruit must be cultivated

a. Soil preparation
b. Nourishment
c. Pruning
d. Protection

2. God's process of cultivation
3. We must choose to show good fruit
4. The fruit is evidence of the lordship of the Holy Spirit

B. Specific actions we can take

1. Decide
2. Pray
3. Keep short accounts with God and others
4. Make the most of every opportunity
5. Become mature
6. Do battle with the enemy
7. Sow into the Spirit
8. Have a right relationship with God

VI. CONCLUSION

 

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     11/18/2003