by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 10 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: Peace (3 of 10)
Series: The Fruit Of The Spirit
Stuart Briscoe
Galatians 5:22-23

Peace is generally defined in negative terms such as "the absence of tension" or "the cessation of hostilities." Biblically, the expression is primarily positive. Augustine described it as "the tranquility of order."

I. What Do We Mean by Peace?

A. Old Testament.
1. Shalom means peace, well-being, prosperity. 2 Samuel 11:7
2. Shalom comes from "Jehovah shalom." Judges 6:24
3. Shalom is the produce of order. Isaiah 48:17-19; Psalm 119:165
4. Shalom is God's gift. Isaiah 9:6, 7
5. Shalom is not enjoyed by the "wicked." Isaiah 48:22; 59:7, 8

B. New Testament.
1. "In the world" there is trouble. John 16:33
2. "In Christ" there is peace.
3. "In Christ in the world" is the Christian distinctive.

II. What Is the Peace of the Fruit of the Spirit?

A. Spiritual order - "Peace with God." Romans 5:1
1. The human condition.
a. Disobedience leads to disorder.
b. Disorder leads to disease.


Part 4: Patience (4 of 10)
Series: The Fruit Of The Spirit
Stuart Briscoe
Galatians 5:22-23

Anger is an indignant reaction to a person or situation that may or may not be justified. The reaction may come in the form of "repression, suppression, expression, or confession." Patience (Gk. makrothumia - lit. "long wrath") is a spiritual quality exhibited by God and expected of man.

I. Understanding the Patience of God.

A. The wrath of God as part of the divine nature.

B. The wrath of God in contrast to human anger.
1. Human anger is susceptible to distortion.
2. Divine anger is pure righteousness.

C. The revelation that God is "slow to anger." Exodus 34:6
1. To demonstrate His glory. Romans 9:22
2. To allow iniquity to flourish. Genesis 15:16
3. To permit repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
4. To dispense His kindness. Romans 2:4

II. Recognizing Patience as a Christian Virtue.
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