Follow Along with the entire Sermon Series: The Jesus Adventure
The Way of Life will conclude the series we’ve been calling, The Jesus Adventure. It began in January looking at Jesus’ proclamation: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” The kingdom of God is the world put right. Jesus’ real presence in the world brings the kingdom of God into our experience when we repent (turn away from our personal kingdom building) and follow him into the kingdom he has prepared (by believing the gospel, which is his life, death and resurrection that works our forgiveness and eternal life). Therefore, we are called to repent and believe. We are equipped by the Holy Spirit to follow Jesus. We are sent out into the world as living testimonies that the kingdom is present and accessible to all by faith in Jesus. And we are restored again and again as we fail to follow consistently. To embed the pattern of Called → Equipped → Sent → and Restored we have explored The Way of Worship, The Way of Wisdom, The Way of Service, and The Way of Fellowship. Now it’s time to put all the pieces together and see what it looks like in The Way of Life. In this series we will explore the fruit of the Spirit listed by Paul in his letter to the Galatians, Chapter 5, Verse 22-23: the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Sunday, October 6 – Attributes are words that describe something. When you take all God’s attributes together you quickly discover that God is completely and remarkably different. There is nothing, or no one like God. He is one of a kind. The Bible uses the word “holy” to capture the one-of-a-kind uniqueness of God. At the very core of His being, the defining attribute of God is love. In the beginning God created us male and female in his own image (Genesis 1:27). That means that we were created to reflect the character and attributes of God. The fruit of the Spirit make up the attributes of God. The holiness of God was placed in us when he created us. And first on the list is love.
Sunday, October 13 – “The fruit of the Spirit” is singular, not plural. This is not a potluck where some have love, others have joy, and still others peace. The attributes listed in Galatians 5 (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) are all different dimensions and aspects of THE fruit of the Spirit. This Way of Life series is like holding a diamond up to light and looking at one brilliant facet after another, each reflecting the light of the gemstone. Joy is often confused with happiness. But happiness depends on circumstances. Joy is the ability to have hope, confidence, and courage, regardless of the circumstances. The joy we have comes from our identity and ultimate security in Jesus Christ.
Sunday, October 20 – “The peace of God that passes all human understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus unto life everlasting.” These are the words often spoken at the end of a sermon as a blessing on the message that has been delivered. Peace with God is the mighty work of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection that is proclaimed in our preaching. The peace of God is the frame of heart and mind that let’s us approach the Jesus Adventure with humble, bold confidence. The peace of God comes as you believe more and more that “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 ESV).