총 게시물 485건, 최근 2 건

The fruit of the Spirit

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-07-30 (월) 20:26 조회 : 66
설교일 : 2018.07.29
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
본문말씀 : Galatians 5:16-26

July 29, 2018

 

The fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:16-26

 

Rev. Kyung Lim Shin’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

At the end of my sermon for last Sunday, I urged all of us to think about the ways of checking up on us to see if we are going forward together as one body in the Holy Spirit.

 

While I was doing research and working on today’s sermon, for the first two days of this week I couldn’t accomplish much due to my own illness and then, I was inundated with the death notices; On Sunday, Rev. Jinny Song’s mother-in-law passed away, on Monday Deacon John Baldwin’s mother passed away, and soon afterwards, Elder Sung Ho Hong’s mother, Deaconess Min-Sun Hwang’s father, and on Tuesday afternoon our church’s founding pastor, Rev. Young-Bong Yoon, passed away. Not only I couldn’t devote a lot of time on preparing for this sermon, but I also had to worry if I would be able to deliver this sermon today.

 

Having this situation provided me more urgency to prepare today’s sermon with passion and find the meaning of life to share with you. Our life on earth is not very long, and what should we leave behind as our legacy? We are busy mourning the deaths of these people, but soon we will be the object of other people’s mourning, as no one has ever been given waiver from death. Perhaps some of us will be mourned at this church by this congregation. If we die now, how do we want to be remembered? We should give some thoughts on this matter, as death is bound to happen to us. It is very likely what others remember about us will be truthful and based on what people say behind us and not on what they say in front of us. Therefore, we have to live well, starting from this moment.

 

One big challenge I faced while preparing for this sermon was that I kept thinking about others instead of focusing on myself. I have been in ministry for 45 years, but this has been quite a challenge, so I want to ask you to focus on yourself when responding to the sermon, instead of thinking that this is just the right sermon for someone else. Let us concentrate and check up on ourselves only, as we accept this sermon is specifically meant for us and given to each one of us.

 

Anyone can find out if we are one body in the Holy Spirit by checking to see if we have the fruit of the Spirit in us, according to today’s passage. Our old proverb says, where a bean is planted, we will certainly see a bean sprouting up, meaning that the outcome depends on the beginning. Today’s passage says if the Holy Spirit resides in us, the fruit of the Spirit will be seen, and if something else is in us, the fruit of that will be seen also.

 

The first thing Apostle Paul says is about the desires of the sinful nature. When the Spirit is not leading us but we are leading our lives, we are under the influence of our sinful nature. Then, sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like will rule our lives. These 15 kinds of evil acts can be sorted out in 3 categories. Sexual sins: sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery and orgies. Irrational sins: drunkenness, idolatry and witchcraft. Communal sins: hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions, envy. As I have said before, Christianity is a religion for communities. God did not like to see Adam living alone, so He created Eve for him. Therefore, we have to live together in a community, and here Apostle Paul mostly deals with the problems facing the community.

 

We have the tendency within ourselves to commit these sins, even if we are determined not to do so. But, we should not continue to commit these sins. Paul says, “I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:21b) He didn’t say that those who live like this will be punished or will not be blessed, but he said that they would not inherit the kingdom of God. In other words, they will have nothing to do with the kingdom of God, so we should wake up now and stop committing these sins.

 

Now, as each sin is posted on the screen, I want you to think carefully about it to see if you are guilty of it occasionally or habitually, or if you are so immune to it that you don’t even feel guilty. I remind you one more time that you should think about yourself and evaluate yourself only. Do not evaluate the sins of others.  

 

Sexual immorality… impurity… debauchery… orgies… drunkenness… idolatry… witchcraft… hatred… discord… jealousy… fits of rage… selfish ambition… dissentions… factions… envy.

 

Do not feel you are exempt just because you are not one of ‘those who live like this’ habitually. We tend to make a big fuss over the speck in other’s eye but fail to see a plank in our own eye. Instead of worrying about the faults of others, we should remind ourselves that our own faults will be clearly seen by God, so we have to judge ourselves severely. Be thankful that we have not been punished yet by God and make sure we do not fall deeper in the valley of the shadow of death.

 

We have to turn away from the desires of the sinful nature and repent ourselves. Then, for a complete change, we will have to begin to bear the fruit of the Spirit and that is the only way for our salvation. How do we bear the fruit of the Spirit? Paul says, “Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Galatians 5:16) Paul continues, “For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.” (Galatians 5:17)

 

The sinful nature stops the work of the Spirit and the Spirit stops the work of our sinful nature, so they are in conflict with each other all the time. Therefore, we have to choose one; either sinful nature or the Spirit. Those who choose the sinful nature engage in sexual immorality, witchcraft, debauchery, fits of rage, discord, factions, dissentions and jealousy. Those who live like this do not have the Holy Spirit in them.

 

On the other hand, those with the Holy Spirit in them will have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Those who live in Holy Spirit do not hate others, not complain about others, not cause discord, not harbor hostilities, are not stingy, do not betray others, are not arrogant and able to control self adequately.

 

Why can’t everyone live like this? How can we live like this? How can our home or church be like this as a community?

 

First, trust the Holy Spirit completely. Even though we know that we should follow the Spirit, sometimes we give in and follow our sinful desires because of our fear and anxiety. My question: Between the Holy Spirit and the laws, who has the higher rank? Most of you will answer that the Holy Spirit is ranked higher, but at some decisive moment, we follow the laws without any thought of the Holy Spirit. In extreme cases, no matter how much the Spirit talks to us and even when Jesus knocks very hard on the door, we do not open the door. The laws and regulations were made to alleviate our anxieties and fears, as people believed they would protect them in cases of crimes or financial matters. Exasperated at people’s attachment to the law, Paul says, “Against such things, there is no law.” (Galatians 5:23b) It is true, there is no law against the fruit of the Spirit, as the Spirit is above the law and exempt from any laws or regulations. Where there is the Spirit, the laws and regulations are not needed.

 

Second, Paul mentioned 15 ‘acts’ of the sinful nature and 9 ‘fruits’ of the Spirit. Acts are done by us, but the ‘fruits’ cannot be produced by us. Our acts are committed by our greed, anxiety and fear, but the fruits are borne naturally by being in the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

 

Who bears the fruits? The tree does. The fruits of the tree are holding onto the branches. The tree provides all the nutrition, moisture and necessary stuff to bear the fruits and the job the branches have to do is just holding onto the tree, nothing else. As the branches are where the fruits are shown, the branches can become conceited and act impertinent. They can also be too greedy or suffer inferiority complex after comparing with other branches.

 

The fruit of the Spirit is produced naturally and cannot be forced to produce more. When some people try too hard to bear more fruits, they become exhausted in their ministry or tested severely while working for church. Therefore, every member of our church council and cell group and parish leaders, pastors, elders, exhorters and deacons should be careful not to consider their ministry as ‘work’, but as the fruit of the Spirit that is produced naturally when in the Spirit. By keeping in step with the Spirit, their ministry will be more beautiful, more virtuous and more joyful for a long time.

 

Conclusion: Let us trust the power of the Holy Spirit without any doubts and follow the Spirit completely. And let us do our best to hold onto Jesus Christ. By doing so, we will be happy and our communities will be healthier and happier. When things don’t go well, or if we don’t notice the fruit of the Spirit, instead of trying harder to bear more fruits ourselves, we should just go forward together to God as one body. And then, let us hold onto Christ better. Apostle Paul concludes chapter 5 with this; “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” (Galatians 5:26) 

 

Let us not provoke others nor envy others by being conceited or competitive. Let us respect others, pay careful attention to them and love them. Do not cause discord but help them get united. Do not shun anyone but embrace everyone. We are the branches that are all different in size, length and shape, but when we hold onto the tree and share the nutrition, we can bear beautiful fruits together. Then, those who see us at home and at church will also be able to experience the kingdom of God here on earth. I hope and pray that all of us will inherit the kingdom of God, without anyone falling behind.

 


   

총 게시물 485건, 최근 2 건
번호 설교일              제목 본문말씀 설교자
485 2018.08.12  'Having faith of half the strength' Matthew 14:22-33 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
484 2018.08.12  절반의 믿음 마태복음 14:22-33 신경림 목사
483 2018.07.29  The fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:16-26 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
482 2018.07.29  성령의 열매 갈라디아서 5장 16~26절 신경림 목사
481 2018.07.22  Go forward together as one body Ephesians 4:1-16 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
480 2018.07.22  앞으로 나란히 에베소서 4장 1~16절 신경림 목사
479 2018.07.15  The Grace of Restoration Acts 4:5-12 Rev. Sei Hwan Kim
478 2018.07.08  The Lord's Supper 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
477 2018.07.08  주님의 만찬 고린도전서 11장 23~26절 신경림 목사
476 2018.07.01  여호와의 손 이사야 41장 17~20절 신태규 목사
475 2018.07.01  'The hand of the LORD' Isaiah 41:17-20 Rev. Taegyu Shin
474 2018.07.01  여호와의 손 이사야 41:17-20 신태규 목사
473 2018.06.24  은과 금보다 귀한 믿음 사도행전 3장 1~10절 권병훈 목사
472 2018.06.24  More precious than silver or gold is our faith Acts 3:1-10 Rev. Byunghoon Kwon
471 2018.06.24  은과 금보다 귀한 믿음 사도행전 3:1-10 권병훈 목사
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제목 : 'Having faith of half the strength'
설교일 : 2018.08.12
본문말씀 : Matthew 14:22-33
설교자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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