How to Teach on the Fruit of the Spirit

Updated April 17, 2017

The fruit of the Spirit are fruits of righteousness that grow in the lives of Christians who follow God. They are listed in the Bible in Galatians 5:22-23. The fruit of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Pastors, small-group leaders and Sunday school teachers commonly teach the fruit of the Spirit to both new and mature Christians.

Read the fruit of the Spirit passage. Turn to the book of Galatians and read chapter 5, verses 16-26. This passage introduces the concepts of the "flesh" and the "Spirit" and shows how to distinguish between the two. Go through the list of the nine fruits multiple times to help your audience remember what they are.

Look up each fruit in a Bible concordance. A Bible concordance can be used to find other places in the Bible that mentions specific words. Look up each fruit individually and look for key verses that mention that same quality. By comparing verses, you can give your audience a better understanding of that particular virtue.

Ask the group to respond. If you are in a small-group setting, ask for audience participation. If you are teaching a large group of people, you can ask them to divide into small groups to discuss the fruit of the Spirit. Ask them to define the virtues and discuss how they can display these virtues as Christians.

Show the group that Jesus had the fruit of the Spirit. Use the Gospels to look up references that show Jesus enacting the virtues. Show the group how they can be more like Jesus.

Direct the group in a period of silence. Tell them to quiet their minds and relax their bodies, and direct them to ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance. Advise them to meditate on the fruit of the Spirit for between three to five minutes and to think about how they can cultivate the fruit in their own lives.

Things You'll Need

  • Bible
  • Bible concordance
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