Myisha preaches on the Spirit's fruit of self-control.
Many of the stories about the church that make the news are stories of downright viciousness. The church is called to be gentle, but rather we often abuse our own and those outside of our churches. This isn't right.
In a world full of divorce over the most minuscule of things, it becomes evident that the church knows little about faithfulness—especially in comparison to God's faithfulness, who has been faithful to us regardless of every time we have cheated on him with other gods and lovers.
How do you preach on the fruit of the Spirit we call goodness? "Be good to people?" "Do good things?" How long does it take to communicate that? Apparently a bit longer than we think, because upon deeper research, it seems what Paul means when he says goodness is actually, "Generosity."
Kindness is more contagious than we think it is and it's a mark the church could use more of.
In a technological consumer culture where desires are satisfied often instantly and 24/7, do we really know anything of patience? Even the church (who is supposed to be patient like the Holy Spirit) has begun to embrace all of the speedy ways of the world. How do we learn to be patient when everything tells us to move fast?
Few things over the years have made Jamin rethink Christianity like Jesus' call for peace. This concept and fruit is so counter-cultural to the world's violence that non only does it require us to live boldly and differently from those outside the church, but it also forces us to challenge many of those within the church.
Usually when you go to church you expect things to be somber and serious, but the second fruit of the Spirit Paul lists is joy! Now there's something we don't often think of when we think about Christianity. Jamin calls us to recognize this problem and embrace joy.
The first fruit of the Spirit that Paul lists is love and rightly so. For we know that God is love and that Jesus condensed all 600+ laws in the Bible into two: love God, love people. If we don't love, everything else in Christianity falls flat and fails. That being so, Jamin kicks off his new message series on the Fruit of the Spirit with the topic of love.
Jamin kicks off his new message series on, "The Fruit of the Spirit," with a piece of allegorical fiction he put together to illustrate the importance of growing fruit.