Summer Fruit


Summer Fruit

Lesson 2: Joy

July 8 & 9, 2017


Galatians 5:22 But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. There is no law that says these things are wrong. New Century Version


Fruitfulness doesn’t come by being busy, but by being with Jesus


“If you have nice little categories for ‘joy is what Christians have’ and ‘happiness is what the world has,’ you can scrap those when you go to the Bible, because the Bible is indiscriminate in its uses of the language of happiness and joy and contentment and satisfaction.” John Piper


Esther 8:16 For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor. New International Version


Psalm 16:11 You make the path of life known to me. Complete joy is in your presence. Pleasures are by your side forever. God’s Word Translation


If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get in the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not the sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone. C.S. Lewis


John 15:11 I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete. Common English Bible


John 15:1 "I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. 2 He cuts off every branch of me that doesn't bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more.  3 You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken. The Message

John 15:4 "Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me. 5 "I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. The Message


John 15:7 But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. The Message


Practice the presence of God.


Romans 12:1 So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life - your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life - and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. The Message


John 15:7 Stay joined to me and let my teachings become part of you. Then you can pray for whatever you want, and your prayer will be answered. Contemporary English Version

Philippians 4:4 Always be joyful in the Lord! I’ll say it again: Be joyful! God’s Word Translation

John 15:8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. New Living Translation


Psalm 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. New Living Translation

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