11.5.17 “The Work of The Holy Spirit – The Fruit of the Spirit v. The Gifts of the Spirit”

The Holy Spirit

This morning we are going to look at the difference between the fruit of the Spirit and the two passages on the gifts of the Spirit . . .

I. The Fruit of the Spirit  Galatians 5:16-26

– When you walk by the Spirit you will not carry out the desires of the flesh – This is the key to victorious living – You have already overcome!

– Then we are given a list of the fruit of the flesh and of the Spirit

– Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and its desires – It’s a done deal – We have already overcome!

– Since we live by the Spirit – Discover life by walking in the Spirit

– So, the Fruit of the Spirit:

  •    * All of it is for everyone   
  •    * It is a result of the filling

– So, then what are the gifts of the Spirit?

II. The Gifts of the Spirit-1  Romans 12:3-13

– Paul starts by telling us not to think of ourselves more highly than we should

– Sound judgment understands God gave us faith and a place in the body – Why? – Because it’s easy for us to begin to take credit when God is working

– Realize: Our gifts differ according to the grace given to us – So the spiritual gifts we receive are a result of God’s grace! – Remember we are one body!

– Here are the gifts listed in this passage: (Explain)

  •    * Prophecy
  •    * Service
  •    * Teaching
  •    * Exhortation
  •    * Giving
  •    * Leadership
  •    * Mercy

– These gifts were given to the body to minister to the body – So we are instructed us on how to use these gifts – Reread v.9-13

 – If we all do our part God’s way the body is edified and God is glorified!

III. The Gifts of the Spirit-2 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

– Here Paul tells us he does not want us to be unaware of the spiritual gifts

– Realize you were led when you were lost to mute idols

– Now in relation to spiritual gifts there is a leading by the Holy Spirit and He is not mute – He will always lead you to glorify Christ – The gifts are never for you!

– Realize the gifts are a manifestation of the Spirit, not you. Here are the gifts:(exp)

  •    * Wisdom
  •    * Knowledge
  •    * Faith
  •    * Healing
  •    * Miracles
  •    * Prophecy   
  •    * Discernment (of spirits)
  •   * Tongues
  •    * Interpretation of Tongues

– Remember this, it’s the Holy Spirit that works these and gifts each of us what He wills


– Studying the fruit and gifts of the Spirit help us understand:

  • * In our service to the Lord they way we do things matters – People see God not only in what you do, but also in how you do it! – The filling of the Holy Spirit expresses the nature of God to the people around us – Let them see Him!
  • * In our service to the Lord realize you are called and gifted to do something for Him – We must embrace our role and allow the Holy Spirit to work thru us – Remain humble
  • * The power we have to impact the world doesn’t come from getting busy for the Lord, it comes from connecting with the Lord and being obedient – The biggest impact we ever make in the world will come from introducing them to Him and teaching them to walk with Him – The problem is we have to do it first!



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