We continued our worship series, “The Glory of a Resurrected Church.” According to extensive international research by Natural Church Development (1000 churches in six continents over a 10 year period), healthy growing churches have a higher love quotient on average than stagnant or declining churches. That research tells us that when the quality of loving relationships is high in a church there is no longer a need to focus on quantitative growth (increased attendance). No scientific methodology can actually measure love itself, but we can measure the practical expressions of love. Galatians 5:22-23 is one of the classical biblical texts on the essence of love. These fruits of the Spirit are different expressions of the essential nature of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love: but is expressed through 8 qualities - joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. What is your love quotient? Come and explore the development of the fruit of love in your life!
Sermon Theme: “The Fruit of the Spirit: Reflecting God’s Love
Scripture: Galatians 5:19-26
Overview: The fruit of the Spirit is love: but is expressed through 8 qualities - joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Which of these fruits are most developed in your life? Which ones are the least developed? Over the next 8 weeks we’ll explore each fruit of the spirit and offer ways to evaluate your fruitfulness.
Start by doing these three exercises every day:
Tell yourself every evening before falling asleep: “I am loved by God.” Repeat this statement 20 times.
Every morning thank God for love. You don’t need to create love—it’s already there for you.
Write the words “You are loved” on 20 pieces of paper or post it notes and place them in all sorts of places where you might stumble over them. Or set your watch timer to go off every hour. Each time it goes off, or every time you stumble over a note, pause for 5 seconds, take a deep breath, and say to yourself “I breathe out all anxiety (or whatever negative feeling you are experiencing at the moment) and breathe in God’s love.”