21 February 2021 (am) – Galatians 5:16-26 – FAITHFULNESS
|Andy Bruins preaching from Galatians on Sunday 21st February 2021.|
The seventh part of the fruit of the Spirit is Faithfulness.
Perhaps a better word to use is trust or trustworthiness.
I think there are two sides to this fruit; First of all the trust that we have in God – our unshakeable confidence that all He has said, He will most certainly do. The gospel itself requires that we trust Jesus to save us – it is Him that we are to pin all our hope on. And secondly, this fruit concerns our own faithfulness as we express the character of God in our lives – We are to be dependable, trustworthy, loyal and true to our word just like God is.
Here’s a brief definition:
“Faithfulness is loyalty. Courage. To be principle-driven, committed, utterly reliable. True to one’s word.”.
Q What are some of the ways that our world encourages unfaithfulness and disloyalty?
Q Read 2 Corinthians 1:20. What does Paul mean when he says that all of God’s promises are “yes” in Christ?
What does this tell us about the faithfulness of God?
Q What are some of the promises that God has made to us? (e.g. John 11:25, 1 John 1:9, Philippians 4:19, Matthew 28:19-20, Revelation 22:6-7)
Q What characterises a truly faithful friend? (Proverbs 19:4, 27:6)
Q How might faithfulness be seen in the local church? (Hebrews 10:25, Galatians 6:1-2)