Thursday, October 17, 2013

Notes for Darrin Patrick @ D6 2013

Great session with Darrin Patrick! While the focus of his talk was how men lead and grow spiritually, this is relevant to us all. Darrin reminded us that as we grow, our true growth comes from the love Christ has for us and our joy comes from the spirit. These are the true motives for following God, nothing in our fleshly power will enable a relationship with Jesus.

How spiritual fruit grows

Galatians 5:13-26

1. Fruit grows hollistically

  • They all grow together
  • You're weakest trait shows your level of spiritual maturity
  • If your "faithfulness" is of the Spirit, then it will be accompanied by the other fruits of the Spirit

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”     - C.S. Lewis

2. Fruit grows internally
  • You cannot legislate character from the outside in
  • Law cannot do anything about the source of sin
  • Only the spirit can change the heart
  • Only the  spirit can give you love and joy, which are the motives for following God

3. Fruit grows gradually
  • Sin grows gradually; but so does growth
  • We often don't recognize our growth because it is gradual
  • Fruit is growing all at once; not all at the same speed; but all at once

When you think that its your work that is keeping God in relationship with you, that is the anti-gospel.

Your flesh is the thing that is trying to get approval, status, and recognition from things other than Jesus. 

The way to kill the spiritual flesh is with physical flesh

4. Fruit grows communally 
  • We have to have people around us who know hat our sin is
  • We need accountability
  • We often show the fruit; but is anyone seeing the root?

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