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Fruits of the Spirit – a sermon series in the melbury churches 24th may – 2nd august 2015

Posted: 22nd May 2015

What do I do next? What do I do now? How do I go about doing it? These are all questions we ask ourselves when we set out to complete a task. This is further complicated by when we are being mindful of others, if I do X, how will it affect my neighbour, friends and community.

Fruits of the Spirit – a sermon series in the melbury churches 24th may – 2nd august 2015

When we read the Bible, we seem at frst to come across a series of do nots, we could be forgiven that the Christian life is a life of restriction and austerity. Yet Paul the writer of most of the New Testament, talks of joy, celebration, happiness and eating & drinking with our friends. Jesus himself turns water into the best wine, not the best wine into luke-warm water.

Christian understandings of doing things are not a list of does and do nots, they are concerned with attitudes or virtues. This summer, we in the Melbury Team are going to be refecting and resting on the ideas of the Fruits of the Spirit. Living in the country side it is easy to identify with this metaphor of fruit, in the spring-summer and autumn months we are surrounded by fruit.

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