The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament Church

Course: The Fruit of the Spirit

Lesson Nine (Outline)

Lesson Title: Meekness

 

Text: 'But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law,' Galatians 5:22.

 

Theme: Meekness enables us to bear the burdens of others.

 

Introduction: Meekness (Greek 'prautes')

        Joyful acceptance of the will of the Lord

        Recognises that all things are working for good in our lives, Romans 8:28.

        Meekness delights in the plan and purposes of God.

 

Introductory Story:

        Cake that appeared to have substance but full of air.

        Puff Adder (Bitis arietans) - a large venomous African viper that inflates the upper part of its body and hisses when it is excited, 1 Corinthians 12:4

 

Exposition:

1.      Meekness and humility go hand in hand, Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:12-14.

        Meekness describes our attitude towards God.

        Humility describes our attitude towards one another, Philippians 2:5.

2.      Meekness seeks to restore a person who has fallen, Galatians 6:1-2.

        Meekness restores (Galatians 6:1)

        Meekness takes the pressure to relief burdens. (v2)

Bearing burdens (Greek Baros) means 'taking the pressure'.

3.      Meekness does not trust in self but trusts in the Lord, Jeremiah 17:7-8.

        The meek have no trust in their own strength but rely upon the Lord.

        The meek rejoice in afflictions and trials. The Lord is leading, Psalm 1:6.

        The Lord delivers the meek in their trouble, Psalm 41:1-2.

4.      Meekness is essential for Holy Spirit anointed leadership, Numbers 12:3.

        Moses was ready to lead when he lost his youthful self-confidence.

        Building up the body of Christ without self-interest. 1 Peter 5:1-3.

        Knowing that meekness will bring a glorious inheritance, Matthew 5:5.

 

Conclusion:

1.      Meekness goes hand in hand with humility

2.      Meekness seeks to restore a person who has fallen.

3.      Meekness does not trust in self but trusts in the Lord.

4.      Meekness is an essential characteristic of Holy Spirit anointed leadership.

 

What should the student do?

1)     Give thanks for difficult circumstance, and rejoice in them.

2)     Bear burdens to relieve others of pressure, and lead humbly.

 

 

 

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