Fruits of the Spirit: Who Am I Becoming

Rev. Jim Toole
Galatians 5:16-23 / John 15


We are starting a New Sermon Series today on the Fruits of the Spirit. The Fruits of the Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a Christian life according to Paul in his Letter to the Galatians.

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.
Galatians 5:22-23

The character qualities of the fruits of the spirit are not another moral code to live by. Rather they are the result of living and being led by the Spirit.

Sermon Series Theme: The fruits of the Spirit are less about what we do and more about who we are becoming in Christ.


The word Joy appears 88 times in the Old Testament; 57 times in the New Testament. Joy is important but it cannot be manufactured or contrived; it must be about who we are becoming in Christ. Joy is produced by a life-giving organic process of the Spirit. A great image of the Source of Joy is John 15 - Vine and the Branches.

Sermon Theme: Joy flows out of being rooted to something greater than ourselves, our Savior

Joy is an emotion that’s acquired by the anticipation, acquisition or even the expectation of something great or wonderful. Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a
settled state of contentment, confidence and hope in Christ

Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet
confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to
praise God in every situation
. (Rick Warren)