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Dear Leader

As we continue the series on the Fruit of the Spirit, I pray that you as a leader will experience these fruit flowing from you firstly towards your own family. I pray for the Lord to bless you and your family at this time. May you experience the fruit of the Spirit abounding in your home.

Fellowship

Icebreaker: In Part 1 of this series on the Fruit of the Spirit we focused on Love, Joy, and Peace. Share how you have experienced these 3 fruit in the past 2 weeks (or where you have really struggled to display one of these fruit)?

Worship

Song suggestions:

1. God I look to you (Bethel)
2. Great are you Lord (Michael W Smith)

Discipleship: The Fruit of the Spirit (Part 2)

Scripture Reading

Galatians 5:22-26

Introduction

As we consider the next 3 fruit of the Spirit namely patience, kindness and goodness: let's once again reflect on them in the context of the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). The life of a Spirit filled believer is so beautiful in comparison. And this good fruit comes due to our relational closeness to the Lord (abiding in Him), as well as when we endeavour to clothe ourselves with good fruit.

1. The Holy Spirit produces the fruit of Patience within us.

The NKJV uses the word "Longsuffering". The Message refers to patience as "a willingness to stick with things." The Amplified Bible describes patience as how we act while we are waiting.

Biblical patience is longanimity, which is about bearing trials patiently and with a good attitude.

a. Patience in bearing with people who annoy or irritate us.

Ephesians 4:2 Bearing with one another in love
God calls us to patiently put up with each other, and to tolerate other people's faults.

b. Patience in enduring the troubles and difficulties in life that we may face.

Hebrews 10:36-37 (NLT) "Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God's will, for then you will receive all that He has promised. For in a little while the Coming One will come and will not delay.

Sometimes life can be really hard and the things we are facing can feel overwhelming. But the Holy Spirit will help us! And our present sufferings will not last forever.

Discussion 1: Share about a time where the Lord helped you to be patient with an annoying person or in the midst of a trial / difficulty you faced?

2. The Holy Spirit produces the fruit of Kindness within us.

The Message translation refers to this as a sense of compassion in the heart. The Passion translation refers to kindness in action.
Biblical kindness is the quality of being considerate and generous in Spirit.

Story of Peter Roebert, travelling down to East London on Christmas Eve. His car broke down with a tyre problem and the spare wasn't working either. A man stopped, offered to assist him and took him to the nearest town 70km away. He repaired the spare wheel and gave him something to eat. A family member even gave Peter a Christmas present. Then the man took him back to his car, changed the tyre and he could be on his way.

Kindness takes the initiative in responding to other people's needs. During the lockdown we need to be extra kind and ready to help those in need. May the church arise with kindness like we have never seen before.

Jesus is the kindest person that you will ever meet:

- Isaiah 54:8 "With everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you, says the Lord your redeemer."
- Titus 3:4-5 "But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy."
- Luke 6:35 "He (God) is kind to the unthankful and evil".
- Ephesians 4:32 "And BE KIND to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as Christ forgave you."
- Mark 10:13-14 "They brought the little children to Him that He may touch them." The disciples rebuked them but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me".

It is not in our fleshly nature to be kind, but it is in our new spiritual nature to be kind. Because the Holy Spirit produces the fruit of kindness in us.

Discussion 2: Can you think of a situation where you experienced great kindness?

3. The Holy Spirit produces the fruit of Goodness within us.

Biblical Goodness is virtue, the quality of being good, and of having moral excellence.

Goodness is manifested in two ways:

a. By having a good heart. A heart that is purified by God. A heart that desires to abstain from every appearance of evil.
b. Doing good to others. Reaching out to others.

Matthew 12:35, "A good man, out of the good treasures of his heart, brings forth good things."

Example of the Good Samaritan. He was a good man, and was moved with compassion and helped the man who had been robbed. He cared for him and then paid the inn keeper to take care of him afterwards.

Discussion 3: Talk about Matthew 12:35 "A good man, out of the good treasures of his heart, brings forth good things"?

Ministry

Pastor John prayed during the service for anyone that was suicidal. Let's take time in our Life Groups this week to pray in general for people who are discouraged and depressed. Also minister to anyone in your Life Group who is struggling with depression.

Evangelism

Ask the Lord to show you someone who needs to receive extravagant goodness and kindness from you this week. Be ready to offer this no matter the cost in terms of money or time.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

Bruce Taylor
Pastor
CHOOSE LIFE Church

Tel: 0861 CHOOSE
Tel: 0861 246673
Cell: 082 825 0481
Fax: 012 997 7161

bruce@chooselifechurch.com
www.chooselifechurch.com

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