The Fruit of the Spirit

In this age of scientism, technology and materialism, it is hard to think in spiritual terms at all. Reality as we know it is what we see, hear, touch, taste or smell. Just give us hard facts. Anything beyond smacks of Voodoo.

We live in an age of rationalism – scientific and religious. We put our trust in formulas. This is certainly true in secular thought. But it’s also true in the religious world. We want to put everything in a box. We have no time for the mysterious, the inexplicable, for realities beyond our power to grasp.

Yet the Christian religion is founded on the notion that the spiritual dimension is real. We worship a triune God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Not Father, Son and Bible. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, who exercises the power of the Father and Son in creation and redemption. Because the Holy Spirit is the power by which believers come to Christ and see with the new eyes of faith, he is intimately connected to us on the deep level.

The Holy Spirit appears in the Gospel of John as the power by which Christians are brought to faith and helped to understand their walk with God. He brings a person to new birth John 3:6. It is the Spirit who gives life John 6:63. The Holy Spirit is the paraclete or helper Jesus promised to his disciples after his ascension. The triune family – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – are unified in ministering to believers John 14:16, 26. It is through the helper that Father and Son abide with the disciples John 15:26.

Believers receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at baptism. To have the Spirit is to have an awesome power in our lives. That Spirit works in us. He changes us. In Galatians 5, Paul speaks of “the fruit of the Spirit.” What is the fruit? In the coming weeks we are going to focus on that question in a series of sermons and Bible classes.


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101 Cardinal Drive
Denton, TX 76209

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Sunday Worship Schedule
8:30 - Worship (1st Service)
Attended Nursery (0-2yr). Children (3yr-4th grade) are dismissed during the sermon to attend children's church.
9:40 - Focused Fellowship
This is a time of fellowship and refreshments throughout the building. Children pickup before or after Kids Praise.
10:00 - Adult Bible Classes & Kids Discipleship
Adult Bible Classes - locations vary. High School & Middle School Discipleship Groups in the Youth area. Kids Praise for 3yr-4th grade. Nursery 0-2yr.
11:00 - Worship (2nd Service) & Kids Bible Class
Attended Nursery (0-2yr). Children (3yr - 8th grade) are dismissed during the sermon to attend Bible classes.

Wednesday Evening Schedule
5:30 - Fellowship Meal
Adults - $4 and Students/Children $3 (during the school year)
6:30 - Passion Worship
Praise and worship time in the Worship Center.
6:30 - Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery group that provides a safe place to address and deal with life's hurts, habits and hang-ups.
7:00 - Bible Classes & Small Groups
Classes for children and adults of all ages and other ministry groups meet at various locations throughout the building.

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