Saturday, January 14, 2012

Volume 2 Lesson 8 Be Fruitful In The Spirit, Part 1


LESSON 8
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BE FRUITFUL In The Spirit, Part I
SECTION 1:
A Story of Being Fruitful



Acts 2:42-47

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Psalm 133:1-3

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The Definition
What does it mean to be fruitful in the Spirit?



Galatians 5:22-23

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Ephesians 5:8-10

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John 14:1-31

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Love. The Greek word used here for love is the commonly referred to agape [ah-gah-pay]. Agape is much more than a mere emotion, it is the conscious desire and will to see and do what is another’s highest good. It is not always giving people what they want, but giving to them what they need. It is the good and pure love of God for His Son and His children. It is manifested in His good will towards men and women, in the sending of His Son to pay sin’s penalty for you!
Joy. The Greek word for joy is chara [kah-rah], which means a grace of gladness.
Peace. The Greek word used here for peace is eirene [ay-ray-nay], which originally meant the serenity one experienced under just and generous rule, and the serenity within that gives us health and wholeness in mind, body and spirit because we know and trust that we are under God’s mighty hand



Joy is “the delight and satisfaction in the human soul that grows out of an intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus.”

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Life Book Volume 2, Shibley/Evrist, Global Advance Resources, p.35-36 .

“Joy is also the atmosphere of God’s kingdom, ever present where Jesus is very present.”
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“God-given peace produces undisturbed composure and contentment. God desires for you to live without fear, stress or anxiety. God’s peace, produced by the Holy Spirit, supplies the inner serenity you need to stay anchored to God’s promises.”
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Life Book Volume 2, Shibley/Evrist, Global Advance Resources, p.35-36 .

Why do I need to be fruitful in the Spirit?

Romans 8:29

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1 John 4:8-14

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John 15:1-27 

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Love



John 13:35

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Joy

Do you need strength? The Bible says that the joy of Lord is your strength. You need joy to strengthen and see you through, as well as help see others through,
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Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV



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How can I be fruitful in the Spirit?



John 16:1-33

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Romans 5:1-5

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James 1:2-4


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Abide in Him daily, be filled and led by the Spirit moment-by-moment, and know that He will work in you until the day of Christ Jesus.
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Philippians 1:6 NKJV & Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV
Philippians 1:6 NKJV

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Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV 

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SECTION 2:
The Study



John 15:7-11



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John 15:7-11




SECTION 3



1 John 4:7


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Romans 14:17

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Romans 5:1

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SECTION 4
SECTION 5
SECTION 6:
Go Further
Here are some additional readings for you as you are fruitful in the Spirit:

The works of the flesh seem overwhelming – both in us and around us. God is good enough, and big enough, to change everything with “the fruit of the Spirit.” The fruit of the Spirit can always conquer the works of the flesh.
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Study Guide for Galatians 5, www.blueletterbible.org, David Guzik Commentary, 2006

“Regardless of whether it is a plant, an animal, or a human, all fruit is produced from some kind of seed. If there is no seed, there is no fruit -- and the kind of seed that is sown determines the fruit that will be produced (Genesis 1:11,12). Apples always produce apples; oranges always produce oranges; dogs always produce dogs; cats always produce cats; humans always produce humans. The character of the seed determines the fruit. The moment you received Jesus as your Savior by faith, God sowed His Spirit and Word into your heart like a seed, and you were spiritually born again by the incorruptible seed of the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23). And just like apples always produce apples and oranges always produce oranges, God’s seed inside you immediately began to produce God! The kind of seed always determines the outcome of the fruit; therefore, you should expect your life to yield the fruit of the Spirit, for that is the seed God has sown into your heart.”
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Sparkling Gems From The Greek: 365 Greek Word Studies For Every Day Of The Year To Sharpen Your Understanding Of God's Word
Sparkling Gems From The Greek, Rick Renner, 2003
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“It may be significant that the word is singular; Paul is not speaking of a series of fruits that would be shared around, so that one believer has one, another, another. Rather he is referring to a cluster, such that all the qualities are to be manifested in each believer.”
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Galatians 5: Standing Fast in the Liberty of Jesus, www.enduringword.com, David Guzik Commentary (Morris), 2001

Love: Definition - Agape is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love, the highest of the four types of love in the Bible. This Greek word and variations of it are found throughout the New Testament. Agape perfectly describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for His Father and for His followers:

Agape Love: It means unconquerable benevolence. It means that no matter what a man may do to us by way of insult or injury or humiliation we will never seek anything else but his highest good. It is therefore a feeling of the mind as much as the heart; it concerns the will as much as the emotions. It describes the deliberate effort – which we can make only with the help of God – never to seek anything but the best even for those who seek the worst for us.
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Galatians 5: Standing Fast in the Liberty of Jesus, www.enduringword.com, David Guzik Commentary (Barclay), 2001


Joy: The Greek word for “joy” is chara, derived from the word charis, which is the Greek word for “grace.” This is important to note, for it tells us categorically that chara is produced by the charis of God. This means “joy” is not a human-based happiness that comes and goes... Rather, true “joy” is divine in origin... it is a Spirit-given expression that flourishes best in hard times. For example, in 1 Thessalonians 1:6, the Thessalonians were under great stress due to persecution; yet in the midst of it all, they continued to experience great joy. In fact, the Greek strongly implies that their supernatural joy was due to the Holy Spirit working in them. Paul even called it the “joy of the Holy Ghost.”
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Sparkling Gems From The Greek: 365 Greek Word Studies For Every Day Of The Year To Sharpen Your Understanding Of God's Word
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“Believers are not dependent upon circumstances. Their joy comes not from what they have, but from what they are; not from where they are, but from whose they are; not from what they enjoy, but from that which was suffered for them by their Lord.”
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Galatians 5: Standing Fast in the Liberty of Jesus, www.enduringword.com, David Guzik Commentary (Spurgeon), 2001

Peace: The tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is in its approximately 90 occurrences in the Greek New Testament, eirene is used in most of the same ways that shalom is used in the Old Testament. However, it takes on a new flavor as a term which is now defined by what God has done for human beings through Jesus Christ. In many a passage the gospel, the good news, is precisely the message of peace.
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Sparkling Gems From The Greek: 365 Greek Word Studies For Every Day Of The Year To Sharpen Your Understanding Of God's Word
Sparkling Gems From The Greek, Rick Renner, 2003 
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