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Bible Study: The Holy Spirit – Lesson 4: The Fruit of the Spirit as the Natural Product of a Truly Changed Life

Calvary Bible Church Bible Study

The Person and Ministry of The Holy Spirit

Lesson 4: The Fruit of the Spirit as the Natural Product of a Truly Changed Life    

The Holy Spirit is seemingly the least understood of the members of the Trinity.  Although many churches in the modern era TALK about the Spirit, the vast majority of them focus on the “power” and the “gifts”, rather than the Person and Ministry of the Spirit.  And even then, they produce a lot of unbiblical information on the “power” and “gifts” that leads to a very unbalanced understanding of what Christianity is really all about.

Hopefully, this study will help us gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Holy Spirit.

 

Galatians 5:22-25

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: First Things First

Scripture Reference:  Matthew 6:25-34

Women Of The Bible: Women’s Life In The Old Testament Era

For most of the Old Testament era the majority of people lived a rural life. This was certainly the case in the time of the judges, which extended roughly from the 1370s, after the death of Joshua and the elders who ruled with him, to David’s provision of a united monarchy around 1000 b.c. Even afterIsraelbecame a united nation, daily life changed little for most men and women. The majority lived in small village settlements, not in cities. Most people grew their own food and met other needs within the household. A few developed household industries such as making pottery or catching and drying fish.

Life in the age of the judges was difficult inIsrael. Hebrew armies under Joshua had put down organized resistance inCanaanand divided the land among the twelve Hebrew tribes, but pagan strongholds still existed. God ordered the tribes to drive out the remaining Canaanite peoples as their own population grew and they needed additional land. However Judges 1:19 sums up in a single verse the reality of the situation. Continue Reading Here

Commentary: The Weapons Of The Christian Life

By: Pastor Roy L. Crane

Listen to Pastor Roy’s Sermon Audio regarding this commentary Here!

Read the Scripture: Luke 4:1-13

There was never a time in our Lord’s life when He was not full of the Holy Spirit, but it is specifically mentioned here in connection with His temptation.  To be filled with the Holy Spirit means to be completely yielded to Him and to be completely obedient to every word of God.  A person who is filled with the Spirit is emptied of known sin and of self, and is richly indwelt by the word of God.  As Jesus was returning from the Jordan, where He had been baptized, He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness; probably the Wilderness of Judea, along the west coast of the Dead Sea.

There He was tempted for forty days and the Devil; days in which our Lord ate nothing.  At the end of the forty days came the threefold temptation with which we are more familiar.  Actually, they took place in three different places; (1.)The wilderness, (2.) a mountain, and (3.) the temple in Jerusalem.

The first temptation concerned the body, the second the soul, and the third the spirit.  They appealed respectively to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.

The three temptations revolve around three of the strongest drives of human existence; physical appetite, the desire for power and possessions, and desire for public recognition.  How often disciples are tempted to choose a pathway of comfort and east, to seek a prominent place in the world, and to gain a high position in the church.

In all three temptations, Satan used religious language and thus clothed the temptations with a garb of outward respectability.  He even quoted Scripture (Verse 10 and 11).

It is vitally important that Christians understand that living out the Christian Life must be based on bringing ourselves into complete subjection to Jesus Christ.  This is done by living out the three Scriptures that Jesus quoted in His response to the Devil’s temptations, and they are:

1.  To make the Bible the very “bread” of our life.  To consume it every day, and allow it to fill us and nourish us.

2.  To worship and serve God ONLY, in ALL things and at ALL times.

3.  To make sure that we do not “test” God by placing OUR thoughts, plans, ways, and agenda above HIS.