This resource page is designed to supplement your study of the Holy Spirit throughout our 4-week Super Natural series. Each Sunday, you’ll have access to additional resources that accompany that week’s sermon topic. You can study and complete these materials in one sitting, or spread them out through the week, whichever is most helpful for you. We hope you enjoy taking a closer look at who the Holy Spirit is, what He offers us, and how He moves in our lives.
If you were to plant apple seeds in the ground, what would you expect to grow? An apple tree, right? In the same way, God puts His Holy Spirit in us, planted in the soil of our hearts, and expects that to bear fruit – fruit of the Holy Spirit – in our lives. If you’ve ever gardened, you know that producing a crop of any kind depends not on the seed, but on the soil…the soil must be carefully tended and overseen from start to finish by the gardener.
Jesus teaches His disciples about this kind of tending as “abiding” in John 15:4-5.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
As we abide in Jesus through the Holy Spirit who lives in us and leads us, prompts us, and helps us, we bear fruit – in thought, word and deed. Holy fruit. Fruit that remains. Instead of giving in to and being led by our fleshly desires, we can choose to demonstrate the fruit of the Holy Spirit, as we stay connected to Him throughout the day.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit can happen and manifest in a single moment. The fruit of the Holy Spirit, however, develops more slowly and methodically over time.
Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
It’s not a list of nine qualities you have to master. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is produced inside of you, as natural fruit is produced by a tree or vine. You already have the fruit of the Spirit because you have the Holy Spirit – but you can choose to cultivate the soil for that seed and let the Holy Spirit lead with the fruit of the Spirit in your life, or you can choose your own fleshly behavior.
We cultivate our lives through what the Bible calls “sowing into the Spirit.”
Cultivating the soil of our lives, sowing through faith, includes praying and meditating on the Word of God, thinking about the character and ways of God and His Kingdom, and expressing thankfulness towards God.
The trials, particular pressures in life, can be an opportunity to cultivate the spiritual ground in our lives as well. These challenges are an opportunity to deliver the good fruit that is inside of us by the Holy Spirit.
Scriptures from the Sermon
Study the Fruit
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Our Supernatural series spans 28 days (February 16 – March 16). One great way for you to study the Holy Spirit throughout this series is to read one chapter from Acts each day (there are 28 chapters). As you read, circle or highlight any place that the Holy Spirit is mentioned – make notes in each place about what happens (how does the Holy Spirit appear and what is the result).
By Meredith Zuercher