Bethlehem Baptist Chapel

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  • Pembrokeshire
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17th June 2018

Matthew 7: v7-12

LIVING THE FRUITFUL LIFE

Galatians 5:22-23:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is 
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

Cling To What Is Good

 

1. Spiritual Goodness, Ephesians 2:8-9
World believes all people inherently good
But Bible teaches original sin – Psalm 51:5

“Clawing our way back to God”
“Working My Way Back To You”
Salvation is a gift!

Ephesians 2:8-9:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no-one can boast.”

 

2. External Goodness, Ephesians 2:10
Good works cannot save a soul but good works must be the evidence of a saved soul

 

2Corinthians 9:8
Galatians 6:9-10
Colossians 1:10
2Thessalonians 3:13
Titus 1:8
Titus 2:3, 7, 13-14
Titus 3:1-2, 4-8, 14

 

Ephesians 2:10
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

1. We don’t need to find good works ourselves
2. God’s good works are for US to do!
3. God expects us to do them
4. Be sure we’re only doing what God’s planned

 

3. Internal Goodness, Romans 12:9
Goodness also means our character being moulded into God’s image

Romans 12:9
“Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

Cling means stuck like glue
So our idea of goodness must be like God’s
But the world often has others ideas which infiltrate our thinking - Isaiah 5:20

 

“If you’re going to develop goodness in your life, you must also grow in your courage to be different from your generation.”
Trask and Goodall