Living a Fruitful Life for Christ

RedClub-Wine_banner1cOver the past two months, the Sunday School classes at Southern Calvert Baptist Church have been studying through the Epistles of the New Testament. God has really blessed us to learn important life lessons from the early church. God’s Word is so applicable to daily life, no matter the Century or era in human history. We have looked at such subjects as: Continue reading

Justified by FAITH to be sanctified by FAITH

r3-justifiedI am sitting here reading over my notes for the Sunday School lesson at Southern Calvert this Sunday. We just spent the last quarter walking through part of the book of Acts. It was amazing to learn about life on a mission to be a witness, in the context of making disciples. God really motivated our church to be more intentional about being witnesses with the goal of making disciples. Now, we are moving into the Epistles in the New Testament. This week, we are looking at Paul’s epistle to the churches in the region of Galatia. A great need arose in the church causing Paul to take parchment and ink and write out his letter to them in order to give important Christian doctrine to these young, growing churches. Paul was a man who had been discipled by one of the greatest Jewish teachers of his day. After that, Paul was directly discipled by the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ. Now, he has been on a mission to be a witness for Christ everywhere among the Gentiles. While on mission, he is constantly looking for people to disciple. The Galatians had been discipled by Paul and they still needed to be discipled. They needed someone to confront them, in the love of Christ, and help them get back on the right path. We all need this in our daily walk with the Lord. We have a tendency to get sidetracked by false teachings and the desires of our sin nature. We all need a Paul in our lives who will love us enough to tell us the truth, even if we do not want to hear it at the time. Continue reading

Covenant, Lesson 11: Living in the light of the New Covenant

Well, it is hard for me to believe that we are on lesson 11 of Covenant, the final lesson of the manual. This has been such a rewarding study for me and for all of those who have taken the class. I am a little sad that it is almost over, but, at the same time, I am excited to begin Titus in January. If you have been with us from the beginning, here is a little reminder of our previous lessons.

  1. Covenant Lesson 1
  2. Covenant Lesson 2
  3. Covenant Lesson 3
  4. Covenant Lesson 4
  5. Covenant Lesson 5
  6. Covenant Lesson 6
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  8. Covenant Lesson 8
  9. Covenant Lesson 9
  10. Covenant Lesson 10

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control

Well, this is the last message on the Fruit of the Spirit. It has been a great summer and a great study series. I have learned a lot and I pray that those who have followed along with these messages have been blessed to learn more about living a Spirit led life. I am a bit sad to see this series end. It reminds me of the armor of God series of last summer. If you have been following along, these links will be a review for you. If you have not been following along, these links will be a way to catch up and get into the flow of the series.

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Patience and Kindness

As I have been preparing for this Sunday’s sermon on the Fruit of the Spirit, I am amazed, once again, at just how practical the Word of God is for every person, no matter the age of that person. Over the past 3 weeks during our children’s worship service called theROC, we have been examining the Fruit of the Spirit. Here is a quick review of what we have been learning.

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Joy and Peace

I have been working on lesson 2 about the Fruit of the Spirit, the series that I am teaching this summer during our children’s church, called theROC. I wanted to share the lesson here so that I can think through it myself and share the truths with others. I hope that it will be helpful. The previous lesson was on the overview of the fruit of the Spirit.

We are all born with a sin nature that manifests itself on a daily basis. We live by that sin nature until God sets us free by causing us to be born again through faith in Jesus Christ. The Gospel made it all possible, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. When we are born again from above, God gives us a new Spirit, His Spirit, which now manifests love in us and through us. The rest of the characteristics in Galatians 5 teach us what love looks like and how it is manifested. Today, we are going to focus on 2 aspects of love; joy and peace. Continue reading

The Fruit of the Spirit is love

I am excited about this summer series that I am beginning to teach this Sunday during our children’s worship service called theROC. ROC stands for Reaching Others for Christ. Our kids are learning to know God through His Word, how to walk with God by faith, and how to share that faith with the people around them. It has been neat to see the way that the Word of God has changed the hearts and minds of these kids.

This summer, we are going to study the fruit of the Spirit. I love how fruit is singular. The fruit of the Spirit is love. The rest of the attributes mentioned after love are the characteristics of love. Our goal this summer is to study this fruit and its characteristics to learn what love looks like and how we can attain it and live by it. Our main passage for the summer is Galatians 5:19-23. Now that you have had a chance to read the passage, let’s see what we learn. Continue reading