Younger Group with Karina
Our final week of Holy Spirit discovery and I'm so pleased with just how much we've all learnt about God's amazing gift to us! Considering we barely knew anything 6 weeks ago, I'm so proud of how far we've come :)
To finish our series this week, we looked at some of the qualities and characteristics that show in our lives when the Holy Spirit is living in us.
- We began thinking about good fruit and bad fruit. We agreed that good fruit is much nicer than bad. The bible talks about good fruit in Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." We will not be perfect in these fruits as we all have sin in our lives, but with the Holy Spirit in our heart we should see more of these fruits developing in us every day. I'm happy to say that we had no trouble picking the good fruit from the bad for our fruit trees (see attached image).
- In Matthew 12:33-34 Jesus says, "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognised by its fruit." In another part of Matthew it asks, "Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?" We realise that a tree is only good from the food it receives - and we can recognise the type of food it receives by the fruit that is produced. Just as in our lives we cannot live without God and produce the good fruit of the Spirit. We need the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us. As we grow in our knowledge of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will produce fruit in our lives. All we have to do is love Him; the Holy Spirit does the rest!
- By the end of our lesson and game everyone could name between 4-6 of the 9 fruit of the Spirit (as listed above). Speak together this week about the fruit of the Spirit in your individual lives. How can you help each other grow to produce more 'good fruit' every day? See if you can remember all 9 fruit... but then again, our next series of lessons may help with that... :) God Bless!
Older Group with Anna
- This week we kicked off the Grapple series 'Who Is Jesus' asking 'Is Jesus a Liar?'.
- We started off by looking at a scene from Narnia where the professor unpacks with logic C.S. Lewis' 'Liar, Lunatic or Lord?' question. It's a great explanation and answer to the question of why Jesus cannot be dismissed as a great moral teacher (but not God). I'd encourage you to look into if this is the first you've heard of it.
- We didn't get through the whole lesson but we're going to finish off next week, because I was really excited by the positive reaction of the group to investigating Jesus' claims by looking in the Bible themselves. (One exclaimed with delight "We get to be lawyers?!").
- It was also great to have a visitor - Sally, a friend of Rachel's, who said it was her first time at church and seemed to have a great time. I was impressed by how the group welcomed her and made her feel at home.