by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 10 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: Love
Series: The Fruit Of The Spirit
Stuart Briscoe
Galatians 5:22-23

Christians are conscious of mankind's sinful nature. They recognize the need for forgiveness of sins committed because of the power of sin in their lives. They also recognize the need for a new life after they have been forgiven. The dynamic of this life is the Holy Spirit. The nature of this life is called "the fruit of the Spirit."

I. What Does Love Mean?

A. Misconceptions because of semantics.
"I love my wife, my dog, my work, etc…"

B. Misunderstandings because of secular usage.
"Love is…a warm puppy…never having to say you're sorry."

C. Meaning of Biblical expressions.
1. The concept of eros - egotistical love.
2. The concept of phileo - mutualistic love.
3. The concept of agape - altruistic love.

D. Models of practical love.
1. The Father's love for the world. John 3:16
2. The Son's love for the individual. Mark 10:21


Part 2: Joy
Series: The Fruit Of The Spirit
Stuart Briscoe
Galatians 5:22-23

Christians are aware of mankind's condition before God and the immense cost of redemption. Accordingly, great emphasis has been placed on the solemnity of worship and the seriousness of our relationship to God. These facts should not, however, obscure the unique place of joy in the Christian experience.

I. What Is the Place of Joy?

A. The Hebrew words.
1. Simhah - lit. bright, shining. 1 Samuel 18:6
2. Masos - lit. to leap, jump. Psalm 48:2
3. Rinnah - lit. shouting. Psalm 126:6
4. Gil - lit. to go in a circle. Psalm 13:5

B. The Greek words.
1. Chara (joy), chairo (rejoice), charis (grace, that which delights).
2. Agallian - lit. to exalt, rejoice exceedingly.
3. Euphraino - lit. jubilation, social jollity. Luke 15

C. The Old Testament.
1. The God of joy. Deuteronomy 30:9; Zephaniah 3:17
2. The joy of living. 1 Kings 1:40
3. The appropriateness of praise. Psalm 33:1-3

D. The New Testament.
1. The gospel - a message of joy. Luke 2:10
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