Opening Prayer: Father, please help me in my quest to learn how to live more godly in Jesus name.
Previous Knowledge: The Teacher should review the previous week’s lesson.
Memory Verse: “For the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth”– Eph. 5:9.
Bible Verse: Galatians 5:22-23.
One of the reasons Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit is top help us learn how to be more godly (John 16:12-15). The Holy Spirit will convict us of sin (John 16:8). and guide us in choosing well when faced with temptations, thus producing godly characteristics within us (Eph. 3.16; John 16:13). This is what Bible describes as the fruit of the fruit of the Spirit.
LESSON AIM: To study the Fruit of the Spirit.
Through the lesson, students should be able to:
a. Identify the fruit of the spirit.
b. Explain why the scriptural use of the metaphor “fruit”.
c. Realise the outcome of not bearing the fruit of the spirit.
TEXT REVIEW: Gal. 5:22-23.
Apostle Paul , while urging the Galatians (and by extension all Christians) to desist from the works of the flesh, which bring them under the bondage of the law, admonishes them to be led by the Spirit. He then drew their attention to the results of being filled with the Holy Spirit saying:
i. The fruit of the spirit is….v22-23a.
ii. Paul declares that…………………v23b.
TEACHING METHOD : The Lecture Method.
TIME MANAGEMENT: The teacher should apply two-lesson outlines of teaching time.
To achieve the above stated objectives, the teacher should:
- WHY “FRUIT?”
- THE OPPOSITE OF BEARING FRUIT.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: WHY FRUIT
A. The Bible uses a lot of agricultural metaphors because they were easily understood by the highly agricultural culture of the time.
B. The “fruit” of the Spirit” refers to the “results” we should see in our lives after receiving the Holy Spirit and working on our hearts over time. (Romans 8:9, 12:1-2).
C. The Apostle Paul give us the componenets of the “fruit” as …love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self control. Galatians 5:21-22.
D. The “fruit” metaphor helps to see our faith as a tree with branches that may or may not produce fruit, depending on how well we take care of the tree itself.
i. If we give the tree nourishment (Gods word) – 1 Peter 1:23; 2:2 then it will grow bigger.
If we clear away weeds and insects (sinful tendencies)- Eph. 4: 22-31; Col. 3:8-10, then we keep the trees healthy.
iii. If we consult the “professional Gardener (God)– 1 Chro. 16:11, then we will ensure we are on the right track.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Is it possible for a Spirit-filled Christian not to exhibit some of the constituents of the fruits of the Holy Spirit ? If Yes/NO, explain.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: THE OPPOSITE OF BEARING FRUIT
A. If you are a Christian, and you are not exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in your life.
i. At best, you will experience stagnation no-growth (James 2:14-26).
ii. At worst, the result of “bad fruit” is death (Romans 6:20-23; Proverbs 14:12).
B. Note that Galatians 5:22 starts with the word “But”. The Apostle Paul tell us the opposite of these spiritual fruit.
C. Let us take a look at some of the verses just before the fruit list. ” Now the work of the flesh are manifest, which are these ” adultery, fornication, uncleanliness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft,hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, rebelling, and such like : of the which I tell you before . as I have told you in the time past, that they which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God”.– Gal. 5:19-21. This is a list of things that someone who does not have the Holy Spirit’s influence would have problem with.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Is a Christian who is still manifesting the works of the flesh really saved?
SUMMARY: The faith of a believer (one filled with the Holy Spirit) is like a tree with branches that if well cared for will produce fruit but if neglected has grave consequence.
On one hand, our sinfulness produces rotted, poisoned fruit, which reflects our sinful nature and hurts in the end. On the other hand, the Holy Spirit produces beautiful , nourishing fruit that reflects God’s nature and will ultimately benefit our lives.
What becomes of a Christian that is not exhibiting the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Father, please destroy every sinful habit preventing me from bearing the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Provide five (5) evidences that you have the fruit of the spirit (2×5=10 Marks).
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