Fruit of the Spirt: Part 2

Joy

People who are joyful are grateful, they have expectations and they delight when they see others doing well. But this is not about your personality type—it is a fruit of the spirit.

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Fruit of the Spirit: Part 1

Love

Fruit is about purpose, growth and maturity. Love is a part of the nature of who God is and it comes from Him. 

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Matthew 11:12

12 From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been suffering violence, and the violent have been seizing it by force.

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Grace Busters: Part 9

Using Jesus

This is a massive, widespread aspect of legalism that affects many Christians. It is the problem of using Jesus.

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Grace Busters: Part 8

Distinctives and Unity

Distinctives are not about diversity. They are about division and are therefore against unity.

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Grace Busters: Part 7

Self Determination

We all started here so no one is exempt from this. Self determination is about making choices from the place of our fallen nature rather than from a place of connection to God.

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Grace Busters: Part 6

Search for Significance

Some people seek the kinds of activities where they are recognized and gain some kind of importance. Others may find their significance by putting others down. They are not looking to Christ to show them their place and help them to be effective in the Kingdom of God.

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Grace Busters: Part 5

Disconnection

Someone can be in Christ and still suffer from disconnection. They are not living from a place of freedom. They tend to be either passive or driven to the extent that they are not functioning well in their Christian lives.

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Grace Busters: Part 4

The Bath Tub

Today David J. Jones talks about that container in which we hold our beliefs; that which defines our belief system.

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Galatians 6:11-18

11 Look at what large letters I use as I write to you in my own handwriting. 12 Those who want to make a good impression in the flesh are the ones who would compel you to be circumcised—but only to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even the circumcised don’t keep the law themselves; however, they want you to be circumcised in order to boast about your flesh. 14 But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world. 15 For both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation. 16 May peace come to all those who follow this standard, and mercy to the Israel of God!

17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, because I bear on my body scars for the cause of Jesus. 18 Brothers, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

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