1. Series: The Fruit of the Spirit
    Title: … and you will know them by their fruits
    Teacher: Jacob Bender
    Date: July 5, 2015
    Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 17:5-8, Matthew 7:17-18, Ezekiel 16:49, Jeremiah 22:16, Galatians 5:16-21, John 7:37-39

    “And you will know them by their fruits.”

    More and more, things in our culture are moving away from God.

    But it seems to me that more often than not, when I see the way that Christians respond to the changes taking place in society, they put more effort into condemning other peoples actions than they do producing fruit of their own. And that is what this whole series is about. “What should my life look like, in this world?” What should the fruit of a person be like, knowing that their kingdom is not of this world?

    Christians need to stop expecting non-Christians to act like Christians, and use that effort to produce fruit that leads none Christians to become Christians. And those things are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.

    To read more about the “ar’ar” trees that Pastor Jacob talked about, see this blog post: egrc.net/articles/director/articles_director_0801.html

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  2. DATE: July 12, 2015
    TEACHING: Dawn Bender
    SERIES: Fruits of the Spirit
    TITLE: Love

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  3. Date: July 19, 2015
    Series: The Fruit of the Spirit
    Title: Joy
    Teacher: Jacob Bender

    What is Joy?

    It is the Greek word Chara (har-a) and at the surface it means to be exceedingly glad. But it is not just happiness on steroids… Happiness is external and fleeting, Joy is internal and constant. It can’t be taken from you. Joy is not circumstantial. Just like the mother having a baby… it cant be stopped if you have the Spirit. There is no way it will not come if you are in Jesus.

    What brings Joy?

    Proverbs 10:28 says “The Hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectations of the wicked will perish.”

    HOPE. Hope brings joy. The hope of the righteous. The hope that there really is so much more out there than this dying earthly kingdom that we are in but not of.

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  4. Date: July 26, 2015
    Series: The Fruit of the Spirit
    Title: Peace
    Teacher: Jacob Bender

    note: There was an audio issue during the first ten minutes of this sermon. This does not continue through the entire message.

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  5. When Jerome teaches about Patience, I know that it is from his heart.

    I remember two years ago, Jerome was in Philadelphia working with Pastor Brad Leach at City Life Philly, and Dawn and I drove down from New York to spend a day with them, shoot some videos, see Jerome and his family, and connect with Pastor Brad. Jerome and his wife made my family breakfast as the day began, and I remember sitting there and listening to him talk about his dreams for Lansing. For the kids there, in that downtown area… for the city kids that nobody was going after, and how he essentially was laying down everything else in his life so that he could put everything into this new mission, to launch a church in the city.

    From day one, I wanted to be a part of this vision, and I am thrilled that Courage Church is able to partner with Jerome as they launch City Life Lansing on Sunday, September 13, 2015.

    Even now, looking back, I am amazed. It has been years since that vision was laid on his heart, and I have watched Jerome not sit on those years, but strategically plan, pray, and wait on the Lord’s perfect timing so that they could launch the church right, and as I sit back and watch it all from a distance, I can tell you, they are launching that church right. It was so fitting that the day that he was able to come fell on the day we were scheduled for Patience in our Fruit of the Spirit series, because he has lived this message for the last several years and we are all so excited to see the upcoming results of that patience.

    We are so proud of Jerome and his team, and look forward to future partnerships with them.

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