Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: Galatians 5:16-24
The fruit of the Spirit are the supernatural characteristics of Jesus that are grown in the lives of those who have given their lives to him. But how does this happen? Do you just wake up one day and find yourself more patient? Do you just decide to be loving and bear down hard enough to make it happen? God cultivates this fruit in the lives of believers in a way that is counterintuitive to what we might think – The Garden Principle:
God plants us in a garden, speaks a word to us, and the way that we respond shapes our character and our destiny.
God cultivates love in the garden of rejection.
- What do you tend to do in the difficult, painful and challenging times of your life?
- Read Isaiah 51:3 What does this tell you about God’s desire to radically alter the dynamics of the painful, negative, wilderness seasons and circumstances of you life?
- In what way does Romans 8:28-29 reveal that God always gives us his best?
- “The world’s love is born of the moment, emotionally rooted and sustained by circumstances. God’s love is born of the Spirit, rooted in our will and sustained unconditionally.” How do you understand this distinction?
- How does God use the experience of rejection to cultivate the fruit of love?
The outline and application questions are intended for your further reflection and action upon the weekend message. They are also designed to facilitate discussion and accountability within your LifeGroup.
Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Terrell Glenn (Terrell@StAndrews.Church).