Yesterday I told a former pastor that I’d love to see pastors take the nine qualities Paul lists as the fruit of the Spirit and tell their churches they were going to spend a month on each one: Preach it on Sunday—what does it look like in the Bible, how do we live it, what needs to change in our hearts and what are our common struggles with it, how do we help one another with it, etc. During the week ask the people to meet together to earnestly pray for the church and for each other, asking God to transform their lives and enable them to be led by the Spirit, to live by the Spirit, to walk by the Spirit. Encourage and exhort the people to talk about it, to help each other and to be committed to living it out. The next month add a new quality, as the church is urged to continue to keep on with the previous one and with helping each other.
If the pastor and elders lead with a vibrant love for the Lord Jesus and for His people, and with authenticity and transparency in their prayers and their example, I think it would turn a few churches upside down.
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