Advanced Discipleship (Groups or Individuals)

The Fruit of Walking in the Spirit

I. Introduction

Background
The Galatian church was observing special days and ceremonies of the law in order to gain righteousness.

Key Point
Walking in the Spirit will produce Spiritual fruit

Scripture Text
Walking in the Spirit
Galatians 5:13-26

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Discussion Questions
1- What is the difference between walking in the flesh and walking in the Spirit?

2- What is the evidence that you are or are not walking in the Spirit?

3- How does this evidence compare with the context of Matthew 7:20 where Jesus tells us you will know them by their fruit?

Application Question
How do we put to death the desires of the flesh (v. 19-21) and keep in step with the Spirit?
(v.14- love your neighbor as yourself)

II. Love [26. agapé- love, benevolence, good will, esteem, affection]

Cross-References
Matthew 24:12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love [agapé] of many will grow cold.

John 13:35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love [agapé] for one another.

John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love [agapé].

Key Point
Loving others has a price

Scripture Text
Loving Lazarus
John 11:17-57

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Discussion Questions
1- How was Jesus’ love displayed towards Lazarus?

2- What is the difference/relationship between love and power?

3- What was the cost Jesus paid to love Lazarus?

Application Question
How will we love at any price?

III. Joy [5479. chara- joy, gladness, a source of joy, cheerfulness]

Cross-References
Matthew 13:44 The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy [chara] he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Luke 15:7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy [chara] in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

John 16:20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy [chara].

Key Point
The Righteous King will receive Joyful Praise

Scripture Text
Triumphal Entry
Matthew 21:1-17

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Discussion Questions
1- What was the significance of Jesus entering Jerusalem?

2- What were the different responses to his entry and cleansing of the temple?

3- How does Jesus respond to both those who praise him and those who are indignant?

Application Question
How will we rejoice always for/with/in Jesus our King?

IV. Peace [1515. eiréné- peace, peace of mind, in the Hebraistic sense of the health (welfare) of an individual, quietness, rest]

Cross-References
Matthew 10:34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace [eiréné] to the earth. I have not come to bring peace [eiréné], but a sword.”

Luke 10:5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace [eiréné] be to this house!’

John 20:19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace [eiréné] be with you.”

Key Point
Real Peace is Never Defeated by Criticism

Scripture Text
Knowing the Father
John 8:31-59

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Discussion Questions
1- What was the response to Jesus’ overwhelming confidence?

2- How did Jesus confront and give a defense?

3- What was the result of the peace Jesus had in his own life and those around him?

Application Question
How will we keep peace when facing trials?

V. Patience [3115. makrothumia- patience, forbearance, longsuffering, fortitude]

Cross-References
Romans 2:4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience [makrothumia], not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

1 Timothy 1:16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience [makrothumia] as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

James 5:10 As an example of suffering and patience [makrothumia], brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Key Point
Patient Endurance Submits to the Will of God

Scripture Text
Agonizing Prayer
Matthew 26:36-56

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Discussion Questions
1- How does Jesus deal with the sorrow in his soul?

2- When those closest to him abandon him, how does Jesus overcome?

3- How does Jesus respond to his disciples and his betrayers?

Application Question
How will we endure patiently in our darkest hour?

VI. Kindness [5544. chréstotés- goodness, uprightness, kindness, gentleness, benignity, meets the need and avoids human harshness (cruelty)]

Cross-References
Romans 3:12 “All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good [chréstotés], not even one.”

Romans 11:22 Note then the kindness [chréstotés] and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness [chréstotés] to you, provided you continue in his kindness [chréstotés]. Otherwise you too will be cut off.

Ephesians 2:7 So that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness [chréstotés] toward us in Christ Jesus.

Key Point
God’s Kindness makes us Fall in Love with Him

Scripture Text
Forgiven Much
Luke 7:36-50

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Discussion Questions
1- What social/moral norms were the sinful woman and Jesus breaking?

2- How did Jesus’ story affect the Pharisees and the woman?

3- What is the relationship between God’s kindness, forgiveness, and faith?

Application Question
How will we be kind to lead others to forgiveness and faith?

VII. Goodness [19. agathosune- intrinsic goodness, stress on the kindly (rather than the righteous) side of goodness, virtue, beneficence, moral excellence]

Cross-References
Romans 15:14 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness [agathosune], filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of light is found in all that is good [agathosune] and right and true)

2 Thessalonians 1:11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good [agathosune] and every work of faith by his power…

Key Point
A Righteous Zeal will Consume you to Do Good

Scripture Text
Righteous Zeal
John 2:13-25

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Discussion Questions
1- Why does Jesus choose to take the most extreme action at the most holy of places?

2- Why does Jesus give the sign of his resurrection as his right to cleanse the temple?

3- How did Jesus stay unaffected by his popularity so he could follow his mission?

Application Question
How will we be zealous in doing good?

VIII. Faithfulness [4102. pistis- faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness, assurance]

Cross-References
Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith [pistis] like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Luke 8:48 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith [pistis] has made you well; go in peace.”

Luke 22:32 “But I have prayed for you that your faith [pistis] may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Key Point
Faithfulness Believes the Father Above All

Scripture Text
Doing God’s Will
Mark 3:1-35

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Discussion Questions
1- Why is the focus of the withered hand healing about the timing of the healing, not the possibility of the healing?

2- What do the many healings and his choosing of his disciples have to do with faith?

3- How is Jesus so sure he is in God’s will even when the crowd, scribes, and his own family don’t believe him?

Application Question
How will we have faith in God and remain in his will?

IX. Gentleness [4240. prautés- mildness, gentleness, meekness, humility]

Cross-References
1 Corinthians 4:21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness [prautés]?

2 Corinthians 10:1 I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness [prautés] of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!

Galatians 6:1 Brothers,a if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness [prautés]. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Key Point
True Humility Speaks the Truth in Love

Scripture Text
Samaritan Woman
John 4:1-26

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Discussion Questions
1- What was the problem with Jesus asking the woman for a drink?

2- How did Jesus confront the woman about her many husbands?

3- What was the truth Jesus was trying to lead her into?

Application Question
How will we lead others with Gentleness?

X. Self-Control [1466. egkrateia- self-mastery, self-restraint, self-control, continence, temperance]

Cross-References
Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control [egkrateia] and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present. When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”

2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control [egkrateia], and self-control [egkrateia] with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

Key Point
The Word of God is the Key to Self-Control

Scripture Text
Jesus Tempted
Luke 4:1-15

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Discussion Questions
1- What were the underlying dangers of the three temptations?

2- How was the quoting and misquoting of scripture used in this spiritual warfare?

3- What is the relationship between self-control and the power of the Holy Spirit?

Application Question
How will we master ourselves and walk in power?

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