Today we begin a brand new series entitled The Nine. And
we're going be talking in these next few
weeks, in fact today and eight more weekends, about the nine virtues that God
wants to embed in our lives, develop in our lives so that all of our relationships
can be effected. Today we will be talking about love.
If you have a Bible with you today I want to encourage you
to turn with me to Galatians the fifth chapter. In just a moment we're going to
look at verse 22. If you don't have a copy of God's word with you, you'll
notice that scripture is listed for your convenience on the back of your
And this will actually be our text for the next nine weeks,
including today. Galatians 5:22-23 it says there but the fruit of the spirit is
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
self-control against such things there is no law. The nine attributes or the
nine virtues of the fruit of the spirit.
It's been said that you can take these, and if they were
nine colors and you put them on a canvas, you would have a portrait of Jesus
Christ Himself, in other words, what the Holy Spirit wants to do for those of
us who are followers of Christ, is He wants to produce in us the very virtues
of Jesus Christ.
He wants to teach us to love as he has loved us.
He wants us to mold us into the image of His very son. We have
some things that have been developed by our Home Pointe ministry to help you in
this nine week study together. And some of you have received your package when
you came in. If you didn't get a package go ahead and grab one on your way out.
There're several tables and booths, so that you can grab
one. And what we're trying to do is to give you some tools, where you could use
these to create nine conversations and our encouragement this is your homework
assignment, is to have a conversation each week about the virtue that we're
talking about, the virtue that we find here in scripture and just with the
people that you are closest to.
If you're single out with some other singles, if you're
married with your spouse, if you're in a family, to have a family discussion,
in fact we actually have an activity book that we've designed in here to give
you some ideas of some of the ways that you can have those conversations.
If none of those fit your personality just do it on your own
but look through those. I think you'll be surprised some great things and how
to start the conversation with younger children, how to start the conversation
with students and so hopefully this will be helpful to you. If you have
children, that are in our children's program today, they're also receiving some
additional things in their study today.
When they bring them home, ask them about them. Say, what
did you talk about today, what did you bring home and they've got some things
that they want to do in the next nine weeks. The same thing is true of your
students. Now, what's interesting about this particular passage is obviously
it's an agricultural metaphor, where it talks about the fruit of the spirit.
The first fruit of the spirit is love. The definition of love of Jesus Christ, God made flesh so that we can know the love of our heavenly father, and learn how to love ourselves and how to love others with the same unconditional love he gives to us.