Our small groups wrapped up their two-week journey on Bearing Fruit in Christ. This week, our students examined the Fruits of the Spirit described in Galatians 5. These traits are essential to healthy Christian living. These characteristics help us experience deeper unity with other Christians and help non-Christian friends discover how God is working in our lives. They are evidence of our faith.
This week, we encouraged our students to consider the outcome and results of their lives. Everything we do leaves an impact in the world. It’s important to take time to stop and see if the “footprint” we’re leaving behind is one that honors God.
Each of us is a work in progress. Some of us may be stronger naturally in a particular area—such as patience or joy—yet struggle in other areas, such as love or peace. God’s process of change and transformation is an ongoing experience in our lives.
I’d encourage you to find time this week to talk with your teenager about this small group lesson. As I do every week, I want to provide a few questions that can help fuel the conversation with your student:
- If your friends were looking to find characteristics in you that also describe God, what would some of those characteristics be?
- Jesus said love is one trait that defines Christians. How can the other Fruits of the Spirit serve as evidence to people that you are a follower of Jesus?
- Based on what Paul writes in Galatians 5:16-26, what role do your choices play in determining the kind of fruit your life will produce?
Thanks for your investment in your teenager’s life. Your prayers, time, and encouragement play a vital role in preparing your student for God’s work. You’re awesome!