On Ash Wednesday (26 Feb) we start our series called 40 Days of Fruitfulness. The idea for us is that over the next 40 days, we would use Lent as an opportunity to really grow and become more like Jesus. Usually during Lent, the custom is to give something up, to discipline ourselves in a spiritual sense so that we are more focused on God, and to remember how much Jesus sacrificed for us. But we want to add something in instead of taking away. Our challenge is that for the next 40 days, we would commit to consciously and practically growing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
Paul gives us 9 things that represent the character of Christ, that are known as the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.
We are called to live fruitful lives, lives that matter for the Kingdom and lives that reflect the character of God in the world. Join us on a journey of becoming more fruitful.
John 15:5-8 (NIV):
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”