May 2024 Reflections

by | May 31, 2024 | News, Reflections

How did you enjoy The Fruit of the Spirit series? Have you finished it yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  • What did you learn that surprised you the most?
  • How did you apply what you learned to your life?
  • What could have been better?
  • Is there a topic you wish I would talk about?

May 2024 Podcasts

▶️ 09 Fruit of the Spirit: Faith

Faith as a fruit of the Spirit is not a feeling or belief, but a transformative worldview based on four core convictions. In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Faith is not positive thinking, confidence in yourself or believing without reason.
  • Saving faith consists of four core convictions which you must believe to be saved.
  • Faith is a life-long journey to stand firm in the gospel.

▶️ 10 Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

Gentleness as a fruit of the Spirit is not about being soft or timid. It involves humbly accepting what God gives without self-promotion or ambition. In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Moses illustrates this quality. Despite his significant role, he did not seek personal glory or power.
  • Jesus illustrates this quality in his entry into Jerusalem, foot washing and how he describes his “yoke.”
  • James warns against people who lack this quality becoming teachers.

▶️11 Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control

While self-control might sound like a call to perfection, at its core self-control value the gospel more than our desires of the moment. In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Self-Control is choosing to limit myself to follow God.
  • Self-control is not being flawless in speech and action.
  • As an example, Paul was willing to limit his freedoms for the sake of the gospel.

▶️12 Fruit of the Spirit: Summary

The fruit of the Spirit are not “feel-good vibes” or moral must-haves. They result from a seismic worldview. They grow from faith taking root in our souls. In this episode you’ll learn:

  • An analogy to understand the connection between worldview and salvation.
  • The 8 fundamental truths behind the fruit of the Spirit.
  • How to reconcile the fruit as a work of the Spirit with Paul’s exhortation to pursue them.

What next? Try one of these.

I’ll be taking a study break from the podcast while I work on the next series and update the website.

Next: June 2024

Previous: April 2024

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