Main Point: Walking by the Spirit’s enabling power produces godly fruit in our lives.
After listing the evidences of a heart given to the flesh, Paul contrasts that with the evidences of a heart that has been born again.
1. Walking by the Spirit produces fruit from within us.
2. Walking by the Spirit produces fruit that is gradual and progressive.
3. Walking by the Spirit produces growth that is guaranteed!
4. Walking by the Spirit is not passive but active.
Questions For Discussion/Application:
- Re-read the text, Galatians 5:16-25. What initial observations and insights do you have from reading this text?
- What does it mean to walk by the Spirit?
- What does a legalistic/moralistic approach to sanctification look like?
- How is walking by the Spirit different from a legalistic approach to sanctification?
- Why is it important to keep in mind that the Spirit produces fruit in our lives in a gradual and progressive way?
- Jeremy referenced Philippians 1:6. How does this verse encourage us as we seek to grow?
- In sanctification, both the Spirit and the believer are active. How is the Spirit active in sanctification? How are we to be active in sanctification?
- What is one point of application for you from this text/sermon? What is one thing you might want to change or do differently?