Summary: This is the introduction to our study on the fruit of the Spirit.(1A)
WE ARE BEGINNING A STUDY OF THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
THIS IS An OVERVIEW OF FRUIT AND FRUIT PRODUCTION.
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.
OUR TEXT FOR THIS SERIES:
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
WE ARE STUDYING THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
There is great debate whither there is nine fruit
or is there one fruit of the Spirit?
This is a side bar. What we need to do is study the
fruit and apply the fruit to our daily walk and
Why should we study spiritual fruit and focus on them?
We should study to identify weak areas of our life and of our church and focus attention to the weak areas and increase our effort to bring production to a higher
This will not happen by accident, we must apply effort and bring about the fruit of the spirit in our daily walk.
What can we do to produce a great amount of fruit? We can study and develop a love and an appreciation and an awareness of fruit and it’s production!
We are going to break the nine into three groups.
1. Inward group: love, joy, peace
2. Outward group: longsuffering-patience,
3. Godward group: faith-faithfulness, meekness,
Today’s study is the start of a 9 part plus introduction to study the fruit of the spirit.
We must prepare our hearts and focus on growth, and produce better fruit.
Fruit is a product of growth.
Fruit is the mature ovary of a flower. It is the edible part of a seed plant.
All fruit contains seeds.
Fruits are classified in for groups: simple, aggregate, multiple, and accessory.
tropical: papaya, banana, passion fruit, pomegranate,
pome, apple, pear, quince
stone: mango, peach, nectarine, date, plum, olive,
A FRUIT ALWAYS HAS A PEELING.
Fruit will go through dry times and lean times, the peeling, or outer layer will keep the inside moist
and keep bugs and other things out.
ALL FRUIT HAS A WAY TO ATTACH ITSELF TO THE VINE OR PLANT TO DRAW NOURISHMENT.
ALL FRUIT HAS SEEDS OR A METHOD OF REPRODUCTION WITHIN.
All work is a seed!
IN LEAN TIMES THE GREATEST DANGER IS EATING THE SEED FOR THE NEXT NEW GROWTH.
DON’T EAT THE SEED CORN.
SPIRITUALLY THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF TREES.
1. FRUIT TREES
2. FIRE WOOD TREES
Matthew 3 :10 And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
There will be judgment on those that do not support growth that bears fruit.
A WRONGFUL FOCUS, ESTABLISHING PRIORITIES ON THE TEMPORAL, A WORLDLY VIEW POINT WILL HINDER GROWTH OF FRUIT.
Matthew 13:22 He also received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, CHOKE THE WORD, and he becomes UNFRUITFUL.
TODAY, SEEMS WE LEARN MORE AND MORE ABOUT LESS AND LESS UNTIL FINALLY WE KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT NOTHING?
NO SADDER WORDS OF PEN OR TONGUE THAN THE WORDS: WHAT MIGHT HAVE PEN.
We hear so much in the church today about the spiritual gifts, but there is little priority on spiritual fruit.
We seem to love the showy and want to make church a CIRCUS like atmosphere.
Our priority has become GOSPEL ENTERTAINMENT and GOSPEL COMEDY.
There are four degrees of fruit production.
1. John 15: 2 No fruit (not fruit)
2. John 15: 2 Fruit, bears fruit
3. John 15:2 More fruit
4. John 15:5, 8 MUCH FRUIT
HEAVEN’S HEART IS BROKEN BY THE LACK OF FRUIT PRODUCTION.
Luke 13:6 He spake a parable; a certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and
sought fruit thereon, and FOUND NONE.
We don’t hear much preaching that stresses fruit production.
We cry many tears because we don’t have jets and speed boats?
But asked yourself this question?
What causes our tears?
READ WHAT KIND OF FRUIT SELFISHNESS GROWS?
Hosea. 10:1 Israel is an EMPTY vine, he bringeth fruit unto himself: ...
TO GROW AND PRODUCE SWEET FRUIT YOU MUST HAVE PLENTY OF WATER.
Psalms 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his
FRUIT in his season.
ONCE WE FOCUS THAT WE NEED TO BEAR FRUIT, WE MUST DECIDE WHAT KIND OF PRODUCT SHALL I PRODUCE?
Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: A TREE IS KNOWN BY HIS FRUIT.
Your words may sound good, but if there is no fruit or if the fruit is corrupt.