Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Living by the Spirit: The Fruit of Goodness

Galatians 5:16-25; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; James 1:17            October 25, 2015

Goodness is a generous character in uprightness of the heart that is so powerfully energized in expressing itself in active good towards others that it will not spare sharpness and rebuke in order to produce good in others. But we are not good before God because we do good. If it were truly possible for us to earn eternal life by being good, it would require a perfect willingness to do whatever Jesus asked us to do without question. Any, every and all goodness that we do in the world is not from within us. We do good only because our good God is the source of all that can truly be called good. Link for audio/video/manuscript

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Living by the Spirit: The Fruit of Kindness

Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 11:22; 2 Cor. 1-6               October 18, 2015

The fruit if the Spirit of “kindness” is not about being nice to others, because niceness is foundationally built on pleasing people rather than pleasing God – and it is not about “goodness” either because “goodness” is foundationally built on what people see us doing rather than who we are in Christ. The fruit of the Spirit of “kindness” is the living out the gentle character of God’s heart expressing generosity towards others just as the gentle character of God’s heart has been expressing generosity towards us in the sacrificial love of God through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ towards sinners who deserve the harsh decisiveness of God ‘s punishment. Link for audio/video/manuscript

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Living by the Spirit: The Fruit of Peace

Galatians 5:16-25; John 20:19-23; Philippians 4:4-7              October 4, 2015

Just as God’s breath made the first creation, so the soul transforming breath of Jesus makes us a new creation. When we are forgiven we are not only made new, we also empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear the fruit of peace of the risen Christ. We were saved to be sent. The peace we have with God through Jesus is to be the peace we share with others. Once freed of the deadly consequences of sin, our spirits should rise up and be filled with a peace that only comes by the power of the risen Christ! Link for audio/video/manuscript