************ Children's Sermon on Galatians 5:22 ************


By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman


This sermon was preached on March 17, 2002


based on Galatians 5:22

Needed:
-jar filled with soil
-empty jar
-jar with nothing but water
-jar filled with laundry detergent
-big seeds (like pumpkins or beans)

A Plant Seeds
-I have four jars here; I am going to plant 3 seeds in each jar (plant seeds)
-this jar has nothing but water (hold up)
-this jar has nothing (hold up)
-this jar has laundry detergent
-this jar has soil and fertilizer (hold up)
-from what jar do you think we will get the best and most beans (get child to answer jar with soild and water and fertilizer)
-from what jar will we get no beans (get child to answer empty jar and jar with detergent)
-from what jar will we get sickly plants (jar of nothing but water)

-the point is, if we want good beans, we have to soil and water and fertilizer

B The Spirit
-today we are looking at the fruit of the Spirit
-by the Holy Spirit, God plants the seed of new life in us just like we planted the bean seeds in the jars (hold up jar)

C God Looks for Fruit
-just like we look for beans from the seeds, so God looks for fruit in your life and my life
-God looks for the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
-we said the best beans are going to come from this jar with soil and water and fertilizer (hold up)
-in the same way, God wants us to water and fertilize the seed He has planted in us so He can find the fruit He wants
-how do we do that?, how do we water and fertilize the seed of new life the Holy Spirit has planted in our life?: by coming to church, prayer, Bible reading, etc.
-can you GEMS remember this: even as we water and fertilize the seeds to get good beans, so we must water and fertilize the seed of new life the Holy Spirit has put within us so we can have lots of fruit
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