The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New
Course: The Fruit of the Spirit
Lesson Eight (outline)
Lesson Title: Faith
Text: Galatians 5:22-23.
Introduction: Faith (Greek: pistis).
In connection with the fruit of the Spirit, faith means faithful or trustful.
It is a total reliance upon the promises of God in our everyday lives.
It is living our lives trusting fully in the Lord.
Faith in the believer's life is a beautiful fruit because it rests in the Lord.
Paul rejoiced when he found a living faith and love one for another in the churches. (Ephesians 1:15-16; Colossians 1:3-4; 2 Thessalonians 1:3).
Question: What did Paul hear about the Ephesian believers that showed their faith? Steadfastness under trials; trust in daily life; resting not worrying.
Introductory Story: Personal Testimony: Tried in the fire (1 Peter 1:7). The testing of our faith through trials and accusations.
Question: What is the difference between the gift of faith and the fruit of faith? The gift of faith will empower us to do great things at a particular time. The fruit of faith will enable us to live a victorious Christian life.
The fruit of faith
1) Rests in the Lord,
2) trusts in the character of the Lord,
3) relies upon the Word of the Lord, and
4) overcomes in the Lord.
1. Faith rests: David learned to rest (Psalm 4:8)
Illustration: Swimming – having confidence that the water is able to hold me up.
a) Faith learns to rest through maturity. (Hebrews 4:9) David’s faith was great in his youth but years of trials produced a mature faith that rested. (1 Samuel 30:6).
b) Resting means being dependent upon Christ alone. Accepted in Christ; in prayer; in worship. (Romans 12:1)
b) Resting means trusting Him without regard to our own welfare. (Daniel 3; Daniel 6; Psalm 23; Acts 21:13).
2. Faith trusts in the character of the Lord.
When we know His nature and His character we have confidence to trust Him. (Proverbs 18:10) His loving kindness (Micah ); His unfailing love (1 John 4:8), His righteousness (Matthew ). The Lord showed Moses His character. (Exodus 34:5-7) When Moses saw the character of God he worshipped (Exodus 34:8) he interceded (Exodus 34:9).
a) Trust develops through relationship (Hebrews ).
b) Levels of Knowing Him (1 John -14)
c) There are always greater heights to be reached in knowing Him. (Philippians 3:10; Exodus 33:13)
3. Faith relies upon the word of the Lord. (Psalm 119:49).
a) The fruit of faith is produced through growing confidence in the promises of God. Know, Abide (John 15:7), Rely (Romans ).
b) Faith does not doubt the promises of God. (1 Corinthians 1:20) Bought by the blood of Christ. Applied by the Holy Spirit. Received through obedience and faith.
c) Faith is not affected by difficult circumstances. Faith trusts (Psalm 91:2), Faith rejoices (Philippians 4:4), Faith is generous (2 Corinthians 9:7; Philippians )
4. Faith is always victorious because in Christ we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37).
a) The Greek word for more than conquerors means literally ‘above an overcomer’ (hupernikao). (1 John 5:4)
b) It is the life of Christ in us that overcomes. (1 John 3:1-3)
c) The gospel message is ‘you must be born again’. (2 Corinthians 5:17). Personal Testimony
1) The fruit of faith rests in the Lord.
2) The fruit of faith will trust in the character of the Lord.
3) The fruit of faith relies upon the word of the Lord
4) The fruit of faith allows us to be victorious in all things.
What should the student do?
1) Learn to rest in the Lord as a swimmer learns to rest in the water.
2) Get to know the Lord and learn to trust in His character.
3) Be saturated with the scriptures and rely totally upon the promises of God.
4) Let His life in us make us victorious in every situation.