Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

The Fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. (Galatians 5:22-23) Pastor John’s Notes: All of the spiritual fruit that Paul describes here is available to every Christian believer. These are not like the various gifts of the Spirit that are given to each person according to the Spirit’s pleasure; they are all given to everyone who receives the Spirit through Christ. Spiritual fruit doesn’t…

The Ultimate Outcome of Practicing Evil – Galatians 5:19-21

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I am warning you about these things—as I warned you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21) Pastor John’s Notes: In this passage, Paul points us to the obvious evils around us as proof we need a new Spirit within us.…

No Longer Under the Law – Galatians 5:18

If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18) Pastor John’s Notes: When we choose to live by the Spirit, we are no longer subject to the law. This does not mean that we no longer obey the law. Far from it! In fact, it means that we are truly obedient for the first time. The law is like a teacher who is hired to teach rebellious children who don’t want to learn. The…

A Choice of Two Ways – Galatians 5:16-17

I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. (Galatians 5:16-17) Pastor John’s Notes: In this life, we must choose one of two ways. Either we will live for the flesh and resist the Spirit, or we will…

Walk by the Spirit – Galatians 5:16-25

This week we will study how we can walk by the Holy Spirit. In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul laid out the contrast between life in the Spirit and life lived for the flesh. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to leave behind a life lived under the impulses of the flesh and learn a new way of living that is directed by the very Spirit of God. I say then, walk by the Spirit and you…

Scripture Equips Us for Every Good Work – 2 Timothy 3:17

So that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:17) Pastor John’s Notes: Through the Scriptures, God has provided everything we need in order to serve Him well. It is amazing to think that the Bible was written over many generations by numerous authors, all of whom were a part of God’s great design to provide the means for holy living for his people. Here we are living in a generation where the…

Scripture is Profitable for Training in Righteousness- 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is…profitable for training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: Righteousness is the character of God, and we were made to share in God’s righteousness. But righteousness does not come naturally for us. We were born with a natural inclination to self-interest and self-rule, so we must be trained in righteousness. The Scriptures play a key role in our pursuit of righteousness. The more we read and understand the Bible, the more clearly the life of righteousness…

Scripture is Profitable for Rebuking and for Correcting- 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is…profitable for rebuking, for correcting. (2 Timothy 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: The truth of the Scriptures will expose the lies by which we live. The Spirit of God will use our reading of the Scriptures to show us our sin. This revelation might sting a bit, but whenever God might wound us, it is always for our good. The rebuke we might feel is only the first part of our transformation. God never shows us our sin without…

Scripture is Profitable for Teaching – 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is… profitable for teaching. (2 Timothy 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: In order for us to follow in the way of Jesus Christ, we must first know what the way is. The Scriptures are the sole source of true doctrine. This is because the Holy Spirit was empowering those who were called by God to speak on his behalf. Many other wonderful Christian books have been written beginning even in the first Century. While they may be helpful and…

All Scripture is Inspired by God – 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is inspired by God [that is, “God-breathed”]. (2 Timothy 3:16) Pastor John’s Notes: The Bible was written by people who were called by God to speak on his behalf. In the Old Testament, there were prophets who were chosen at various points in history to convey specific messages to God’s people. God would often say, “Go and say to my people,” and would give the prophet the exact message God wanted the people to hear. In the New…