Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit
How should Christians live? On the one hand, some very legalistic Christians stress the importance of keeping all the rules-that you must do this and never do that if you want to prove you are really a Christian. On the...
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How should Christians live? On the one hand, some very legalistic Christians stress the importance of keeping all the rules-that you must do this and never do that if you want to prove you are really a Christian. On the other hand, there are those who reject the whole idea of rules or traditions in the church and see the point of the Christian faith as setting us free from the institutionalized religious burden. But Paul addresses these two competing views by showing us a far better way-a truly Christian way to live our lives. It is the way of the Spirit of God given to us through Christ: "Walk by the Spirit ... led by the Spirit ... live by the Spirit ... keep in step with the Spirit." That is the heart and soul of Christian living. It is the center and secret of what it means to be a person who belongs to Christ. Pastor and scholar Christopher Wright invites us to live a life in step with the Spirit by cultivating the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These nine chapters, each addressing a different fruit, each conclude with questions for contemplation or discussion. Feed on the Word of God, grow in Christlikeness, and live a fruitful life.
Christopher J. H. Wright (Ph.D., Cambridge) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His doctorate is in Old Testament ethics. He taught Old Testament in India for five years (1983-88) at Union Biblical Seminary, and then returned to the faculty of All Nations Christian College, a missionary training school in England, where he was principal from 1993-2001. Wright is now the international director of the Langham Partnership International (known in the United States as John Stott Ministries), providing literature, scholarships and preaching training for pastors in Majority World churches and seminaries.
He has written a number of informative books for thinking Christians including commentaries on Deuteronomy (New International Bible Commentary) and Ezekiel (The Bible Speaks Today), Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, the Trilogy Knowing God the Father through the Old Testament, Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament, and Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament and The Uniqueness of Jesus. An ordained Anglican, he serves on the staff of All Souls Church, Langham Place, London, England. His most recent publications are The God I Don't Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith and Salvation Belongs To Our God.
- <strong>how Should Christians Live?</strong> On The One Hand, Some Very Legalistic Christians Stress The Importance Of Keeping All The Rules-that You Must Do This And Never Do That If You Want To Prove You Are Really A Christian. On The Other Hand, There Are Those Who Reject The Whole Idea Of Rules Or Traditions In The Church And See The Point Of The Christian Faith As Setting Us Free From The Institutionalized Religious Burden. But Paul Addresses These Two Competing Views By Showing Us A Far Better Way-a Truly Christian Way To Live Our Lives. It Is The Way Of The Spirit Of God Given To Us Through Christ: "walk By The Spirit ... Led By The Spirit ... Live By The Spirit ... Keep In Step With The Spirit." That Is The Heart And Soul Of Christian Living. It Is The Center And Secret Of What It Means To Be A Person Who Belongs To Christ. Pastor And Scholar Christopher Wright Invites Us To Live A Life In Step With The Spirit By Cultivating The Fruit Of The Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, And Self-control. These Nine Chapters, Each Addressing A Different Fruit, Each Conclude With Questions For Contemplation Or Discussion. Feed On The Word Of God, Grow In Christlikeness, And Live A Fruitful Life.