2 August - Fruit of the Spirit: Self Control : Growing disciples who Exalt

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2 August, 2020Rev Brian HooleFruits of The Spirit

2 August 2020 - Fruit of the Spirit: Self Control

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Exalt


LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

Sermon  

Worship Playlist  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wdvwmE6huo

READ  

Titus 2: 11 - 14, 1 

Peter 5: 8 - 11


This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at self control and how self control is about honouring God and putting God first rather than idols. Idols can be drugs, sex, food, power, business, busyness, success any thing that we put first before God.


DISCUSS 

• How would you define self control? 

• Why is self control a fruit of the spirit?

• What are your idols?

• Do you believe in Spiritual warfare?

• What are your tools or weapons in Spiritual warfare (you may refer to Ephesians 6:10-20)

• How do you develop Godly self-control?

• What are you going to do about this, this week?


PRAY 


Let us pray

Almighty Father, in this world filled with goodness, evil, pleasure, leisure, lust and temptations, my desire is to have the fruit of Your Spirit evident in my daily life. Grant me Father I pray, a spirit of self control. Father, please forgive me for the times I have said and done things rashly. Please remind me to consider self-control as “God-control”. It’s not trying to control myself with human effort. But rather it is depending on the Holy Spirit to guide my ways and choices

In my relationships, may I practice self-control  Help us Lord to pray and receive the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all our decisions of family work, friendship and relationships.

May I grow in deeper mutual understanding, respect, honor. And, most of all, may I grow in love for my brothers and sisters, even as I grow in self control to be able to counter and defeat most issues in life. I pray for a spitit of self-discipline as I deal with money, wealth, my daily living habits and my pleasures. Help me to do all in moderation and in accordance with your will.

Lord Jesus, I believe and trust that You will deliver me from temptations and self indulgence as I place my heart in Your loving care. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. May I be renewed daily with a fresh filling of Your Spirit, as I come and surrender myself. In Your blessed name Lord Jesus Christ I pray, Amen!



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John 8:1-11

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DISCUSS

· How would you define being gentle?

· Would you describe yourself as a gentle person? Why/ why not?

· When is it OK not to be gentle?

· Discuss the saying If God did not have a gentle spirit, there would be no plan of salvation.

· Do you think you have become more or less gentle as you have gotten older?

· Discuss You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar

PRAY

Let us pray

Dear Lord help us to learn to be gentle

Remind us of the many ways you have shown gentleness to us

When we respond to others help us to see them through your eyes.

How much you love them and died for them.

Convict us when we descend into mockery or hurtful speech.

Help us to be people of righteous justice without abandoning gentleness and respect.

Teach us to speak the truth in love.

Let our gentleness be evident, a clear sign that you are at work in their lives.

Amen

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19 July - Faithfulness (Growing disciples who Engage)

18 July, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness  

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Engage

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

Sermon: [https://youtu.be/cDpe4XsIgMQ](https://youtu.be/cDpe4XsIgMQ/)

Worship Playlist : [https://tinyurl.com/y55vex2n](https://tinyurl.com/y55vex2n/) 

READ  

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

1 Samuel 20:13-17, 41-2;

Matthew 25: 14-30

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DISCUSS 

- How would you define being faithful?

- Hat is the opposite of faithful?

- David and Jonathan were faithful friends. Do you have faithful friends and how or what makes them so?

- The bible tells us that God is faithful. Is this your experience? Explain.

- What does it mean to be faithful to God?

- Can one be faithful without having faith in God?

- Is faithful about being honest or being supportive no matter what? Can they be the same?

- What does it mean for you to be a faithful witness for Christ today

PRAY 

The Lord exists forever; your word is firmly fixed in heaven.

Your faithfulness endures to all generations;Psalm 119:89-90

Let us pray

Through us, God speaks words of peace, love, justice and faithfulness that challenge violence, hatred and self-interest in the world. We pray that we find courage and strength in the risen Christ to be faithful witnesses in the face of all the challenges and risks Amen

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12 July - Goodness (Growing disciples who Engage)

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Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Engage

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Worship Playlist: [https://tinyurl.com/y8m52aa7](https://tinyurl.com/y8m52aa7/)

READ

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

Luke 10:25-37

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DISCUSS

· What can you find out about Samaritans? Why did they and Jews dislike each other?

· Would you describe yourself as a good person?

· What does it mean to be good? How would you define it?

· Is good more about what you do or who you are? Explain.

· In Mark 10:18 It says ‘And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.’ Explore what this means?

· Each of the characters in this parable embody a particular part of the human condition. How do you relate to each of these.

· The lawyer as self-satisfied insider knowing they are going to heaven

· The thugs who only care about themselves

· The priest and levite for who keeping God’s rules is more important than people

· The victim needing grace and mercy

· The good man who will disregard all else and see the humanity of oine in need.

PRAY

Oh, how abundant is your goodness,

which you have stored up for those who fear you

and worked for those who take refuge in you,! Psa 31:19 ESV

Lord your goodness knows no bounds. Your children know you to be a good, good Father. Your goodness is greater than we can imagine or explain. You have surrounded us with your blessings and given us more than we can imagine. We are in awe of you and your goodness. We graciously thank you for it and humbly accept it.

Only those who stand in awe of you can understand your goodness. Only those who show reverence to your holy name can obtain the favour your goodness brings. Lord we surrender ourselves to you to receive your blessing and goodness. In Jesus name we pray.

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5 July - Kindness (Growing disciples who Embody)

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5 July 2020 -

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Embody

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video)

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Worship Playlist - [https://tinyurl.com/y7338yvb](https://tinyurl.com/y7338yvb/)

Communion [https://youtu.be/dlhBnhDrVaI](https://youtu.be/dlhBnhDrVaI/)

READ

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

Genesis 18:1-15

John 13:1-17

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DISCUSS

· Do you like to help people?

· How do you decide who to help?

· Do you like to go the extra mile or just do what is required?

· Do you feel guilty if someone asks for help and you want to say no?

· When is it ok not to help people?

· Are you happy to accept other people’s help?

PRAY

Be kind and merciful.

Let no one ever come to you without coming away better and happier.

Be the living expression of God’s kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes,

kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

Mother Teresa

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that in Your love and wisdom, You invite us to accomplish Your acts of love, service and kindness here on earth. Thank You for the privilege of helping You. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of Your Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love You and worthily praise Your holy name.

You know all about me, Lord, and You love me. Thank You for understanding me completely! Please help me to love You and follow You today.

Into to Your hands, O Lord, Jesus Christ, my God, I commend my spirit. Bless me and all those who pray in faith of You this day; save us and grant unto us everlasting life. Through Christ I pray.

Amen

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28 June- Patience (Growing disciples who Engage)

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28 June 2020 - 

Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Engage

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

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READ

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

Genesis 29:14b-30

James 5:7-11

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DISCUSS

· Are you a patient person?

· Would you like to be more patient?

· How do you develop patience?

· When are you impatient?

· When is it ok to be impatient and when is it not ok?

·

PRAY

Prayer of praise and adoration

Heavenly Father, we pray for the virtue of patience, in our hearts, homes and our lives. We want to wait patiently for Your will to enfold in our lives. May we learn to wait patiently for You to bring Your answers to our prayers. We want to co-operate and wait on Your plans for us. Help us to know when to be impatient and to act and when to wait upon your will. Lord, teach us to be patient – with life, with people, and with ourselves. We sometimes try to hurry things along too much, and we push for answers before the time is right. Help me be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. You set all things in accordance to your time. We pray this in Jesus name.

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21 June - Peace (Growing disciples who Embody)

21 June, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

21 June 2020 - 

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace  

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Embody

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

Sermon - [https://youtu.be/Y4bXV0LY41M](https://youtu.be/Y4bXV0LY41M/)

Worship Playlist - [https://tinyurl.com/ybjtjyqn](https://tinyurl.com/ybjtjyqn/)

READ  

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

Genesis 26: 12-33

Philippians 4:4-9

This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at peace and embody. How can we find peace in this time of worry and anxiety. What does peace look like and how can we experience it In Genesis we find the Israelites under Isaac can only make peace with Abimelech and the Philistines when they hand things over to God. In Philippians we see the intertwining of joy and peace and Paul’s admonishment to rejoice always. For us to be at peace we need to live it, to embody it everyday regardless of our circumstances.

TALK 

- How would you describe peace? 

- When have you felt peace?

- What takes your peace away or blocks you from having peace?

- Can you name some people who you think are peaceful?

- How can you have peace in all circumstances?

- How would you relate peace to being a Fruit of the Spirit?

- What can you explore to help your peace to grow?

PRAY 

Prayer of praise and adoration (using our bible reading for today)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Amen

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14th June 2020 - Joy (Explore)

14 June, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

14 June 2020 - 

Fruit of the Spirit: Joy  

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Explore

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

Sermon - [https://youtu.be/0-c_5E8emos](https://youtu.be/0-c_5E8emos/)

Worship Playlist - [https://tinyurl.com/y9b6qs4c](https://tinyurl.com/y9b6qs4c/)

Please note: due to technical difficulties the prayers and bible readings are audio only with a graphic this week

READ  

Galatians 5:22 - 23;

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 10-12

Romans 5:1-11

This week we continue the series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at joy and explore. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Joy is different to being happy or glad. It flows from being and doing who God made us to be. In Nehemiah the Israelites re-discover God’s word and rejoice (re-joy) as a result. In Romans we discover joy is important and unique and flows from our relationship with God. For us to discover joy we need to know God and his word and so qwe explore his word.

TALK 

- How would you describe joy? 

- When have you felt joyful?

- What takes your joy away or blocks you from having joy?

- Can you name some people who you think are joyful?

- Is joy about how you feel or is it different to that?

- How would you relate joy to being a Fruit of the Spirit?

- What can you explore to help your joy to grow?

PRAY 

Prayer of praise and adoration

Lord we come to you knowing bthe truth of the psalmist as we share Psalm 100 together

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

It is he who made us, and we are his;

we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

and his courts with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;

his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Prayer of Confession 

Dear God,

We confess our need for you, for your Spirit to fill our lives afresh with great joy and strength. The hard times can often leave us feeling dry and defeated. We’ve been weary and burdened. We’ve struggled through for so long, it’s hard to see light at the end of the tunnel anymore. Would you please give us a glimpse of your goodness again, reminding us that you have never left us and that you have promised to see us through. Thank you for your faithfulness Lord. Forgive us for not trusting you, for buying into the lies of the enemy, and not focusing on what we know to be true from your word. Breathe your joy and peace into our lives again, cover us in the shadow of your wings, shine the light of your truth over us.

A short silence to reflect on these words

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS:

The good news is that all who trust in Jesus will have their sins forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life. May you experience the joy and hope of these words that in and through Jesus Christ our sins are forgiven.

Thanks be to God!

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7th June 2020 - Fruit of the Spirit: Love(Exalt)

7 June, 2020 Rev Brian Hoole

7 June 2020 - 

Fruit of the Spirit: Love  

Congregational purpose : Growing disciples who Exalt

LISTEN & WATCH (songs, sermon & video) 

Sermon - https://youtu.be/lCs_FX_FXT8[https://youtu.be/lCs_FX_FXT8](https://youtu.be/lCs_FX_FXT8/)

Worship Playlist - https://tinyurl.com/ycxyx42d/

The Communion service is at the end of the sermon video.

READ  

Galatians 5:22-23

Luke 15:11-32

Mark 12:28-31

This week we begin series on the Fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are described in Galatians 5:22-23 as being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are fruit or outward signs that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Alongside this we will be exploring the congregation’s purpose of growing Disciples who Exalt, Explore, Embody, Engage. This week we will be looking at love and exalt. Love is a fruit of the Spirit. Our ability to love flows from God’s love of us. Jesus tells about a father whose son leaves to live wildly. When the son returns home, the father welcomes him with open arms. God loves us so much, and his love flows out of us! We express our love for God by exalting him.

TALK 

- How would you describe love? 

- What are some of the things that you love?

- Why do you think Jesus says that loving God and loving others is the greatest commandment?

- What do you think it means to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

- Should you love yourself?

- How do you love your neighbour as yourself?

- How does exalt connect to loving God for you?

PRAY 

Prayer of praise and adoration

We praise you, O God, for being not only the God of history but the God of our story. You have gathered us here today to remind us that although you are the one to whom all power belongs, yet you care for the weak and powerless. You care for us. We praise you for joining your story to ours in such a special way through Jesus, our Lord. He proved his great love for you and for each person in the way he lived - releasing what was captive, lifting up the burdened, empowering the powerless.

God, source of loving kindness and strength, we worship you.

Jesus, foundation of our faith, we worship you.

Holy Spirit, ground of our very being, we worship you. Amen

Prayer of Confession 

Jesus said that the first commandment was this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart all your soul, all your mind and all your strength, and the second commandment is this “You shall love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these”

We hear what you are saying to us, Lord, but it is not easy in today’s society. Worshipping position and status, power and wealth seem to be the first commandments of life these days, and when we are so busy achieving these it doesn’t leave much time to care for, let alone love, our neighbour.

Help us to re-order our priorities, Lord, so that they are more in tune with yours.

A short silence to reflect on these words

Jesus: Saviour and Lord, we confess that there are times when the pattern of our daily lives is modelled on other than worshipping God and caring for neighbour. All we seem to be creating is a feel-good, self-serving approach to life rather than your costly, self-emptying, servanthood lifestyle;

Lord, reconnect us to the desire to live out your commandments of love.

A short silence to reflect on these words

Jesus: Redeemer and Friend, your acts of caring and love, mercy and justice delivered people from lives dominated by injustice and corruption. We confess that when ‘economic rationalism’ rules the lives of people today, competition replaces compassion, ruthlessness replaces forgiveness, and wounding replaces healing. Yet, in the midst of all this you command us not only to love God wholeheartedly, and to love our neighbour likewise, you command us also to love one another as you love us.

Lord, stir us into action so that the signs of your powerful love are visible in and through us.

A short silence to reflect on these words

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS:

Jesus truly demonstrated his love for all as he rescued us from lives dominated by evil and sin by his acts of mercy and justice, his suffering and death. Hear then the good Thanks be to God!

© Rev Dr Moira Laidlaw. Used with permission

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