Summary: Glorifying God is about reflecting His character - The Fruit of the Spirit

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Gal 5:22-3 September 20, 2009

Fruit of the Spirit Intro Sermon

Warning - I didn’t stick to these notes in the audio - instead I started with Ezekiel 1 to say that the church is to be like Ezekiel’s vision: A glory caring vehicle led by the Spirit of God.

Here’s the original:

Two Sports quotes – who is Jesus?

Norm Evans, former Miami Dolphins lineman, wrote in his book, On God’s Squad, “I guarantee you Christ would be the toughest guy who ever played this game. . . . If he were alive today I would picture a six-foot-six-inch 260-pound defensive tackle who would always make the big plays and would be hard to keep out of the backfield for offensive linemen like myself.”

Fritz Peterson, former New York Yankee, more easily fancies Jesus in a baseball uniform: “I firmly believe that if Jesus Christ was sliding into second base, he would knock the second baseman into left field to break up the double play. Christ might not throw a spitball, but he would play hard within the rules.”

Theatre Technology Prof. - “The question is, did God create man in his own image, or did man create God in his own image?”

We are often trying to create Jesus in our own image – “Jesus was, or would be into what ever I am into” – if I’m a capitalist, Jesus was for sure, If I am a socialist, no question; Jesus is a socialist... If I collect old bubble gum wrappers.... If I feel like smiting those that cut me off on the highway, Jesus would smite them too! - sons of thunder

Question: Is being a Christian just finding ways to spiritualise our personalities, or chosen behaviour, or is there something more, something better?

As followers of Jesus, we cannot fool ourselves into thinking that Jesus is just like us, only better. We have to be careful that we have not traded places with God, trying to create him in our likeness -

Made in his image, being made into his likeness.

2 Corinthians 3:18

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

We should not be trying to shape our image of Jesus in our own likeness; we should be shaped into his likeness!

What is Jesus likeness?

Focus in on Jesus’ character

Gal 5:22-23

Best description of Jesus’ character – much better than the sports guys

why do I turn here for a description of Jesus character? (not the Gospels?)


Born of the Spirit

Luke 1:35

Anointed by the Spirit

Luke 4:18-19.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because he has anointed me

to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

By the Spirit he set people free from entrapment. He brought them hope and liberated their relationships. Demonic powers were driven out, and creaturely life was restored. All this happened because the energies of the life-giving Spirit were at work in Jesus. – Pinnock p.89

Directed by the Spirit

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.”

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