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The Body of Christ

9/9/18 - The Body of Christ  - 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

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This week begins a new ministry season at Emmanuel, and there’s a lot happening! Awana is taking registrations and Sunday School resumes today. Youth Group kicks back into gear meeting at the church tonight for 7-12 graders. The various women’s Bible Study groups are meeting again, there are monthly men’s breakfasts and a new football league for guys to play in on Saturday mornings. Small Groups that’ve taken a break during the summer are meeting again too. There’s a lot happening… but why? Why do all these things? Everyone’s busy enough, why should the church add to the busyness?

 

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

9/2/18 - The Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control  - Proverbs 25:28

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Gluttony, excessive television bingeing, laziness, pornography, alcoholism, opioid addiction, unruly emotions, anger or anything else that controls us to our demise is evidence of lack of control over ones self. The lack of self-control in our culture as well as in the church is not a new problem. Yet, for the Christian, who has been born again, this person should be growing more and more in control of ones self as the Spirit of Christ exhibits lordship in all areas of life.   As the Apostle Paul stated, “God has chosen to make known the glorious riches of Christ in us, the hope of glory.” (Col 1:27 ). What greater evidence of the hope of glory and Christ in us than to exhibit control of ones self in the context of everyday temptations and battles with the flesh? The results of the new life shines here!

 

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

8/26/18 - The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness  - Galatians 5:22-23 & Colossians 3:12

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Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23 & Colossians 3:12


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

 
The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

8/19/18 - The Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness  - Proverbs 20:6

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Faithfulness…

Joseph sat in a cold stone prison cell. What had he done? Why had his brothers sold him to slavery? Why was he convicted of assaulting his employer’s wife when really he ran away and was innocent? What had he done to be awarded such cruel treatment, abuse and neglect?

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

8/12/18 - The Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness  - Gal 6:10

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(A contemporary version of Matthew 20:1-15 .)

“The story is told of a business owner who needed some help in his factory. He went to the temporary employment office, filled out the appropriate paper work and at 6:00AM the next morning a few people showed up to help in his factory. They were to be paid minimum wage for the days work. At 8:30AM the business owner realized he needed more help, called the temp office and at 9:00AM more help arrived. At 11:30 the business owner again, realized that more workers were needed to work in his factory so he made the call and at noon more workers arrived and hit the factory floor. The work that needed to be done was getting accomplished. But in order for the business owner to make quota he realized he needed still more help. At 2:30 he called for more help and at 3:00PM help arrived. Just to make sure all was taken care of for the days business he called again at 4:30 and once more help came again at 5:00PM for that last hour of business. Production in the factory began at 6:00AM and ended at 6:00PM.

 

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The Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

8/5/18 - The Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness  - Gal 5:22 & Col 3:12

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Think about a friend of yours who is significantly different from you. How do you treat them, talk with them, and care for them when areas of significant disagreement arise? There are so many places in our world today where this type of friendship is threatened by a militant tolerance that actually undermines the very real differences that exist. Instead of embracing extreme tolerance and overlooking our differences, what if Christians were known for their kindness?

 

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