We had a fantastic time away at GETAWAY 2017. It was a weekend full of great food, friends, and time for reflection on what it means to walk in the Holy Spirit and what it means to be a mature follower of Jesus. 

The notes from Garry Fess' second session called "The Holy Spirit and Christian Maturity" is below:


Galatians 5:16-26

How do we measure spiritual maturity?

  • Character of Jesus as revealed in the Fruit Of The Spirit

   “fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”  Galatians 5:22

  • Fruit of the Spirit NOT Fruits of the Spirit
  • One Fruit with 9 qualities or attributes
  • These are the positive attributes of a Godly nature which describe the very character of Jesus
  • The character of Jesus is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control
  • This is to be our character too!
  • Interesting that the list begins with LOVE…because “agape” love (unconditional/selfless love) is the foundation upon which all these other qualities are built 
  • They are the “fruit of the Spirit” which means they come from the Holy Spirit and not from ourselves…not from human effort…but through the Holy Spirit that already resides within us
  • Scripture teaches that we are partakers of the “divine nature” of God


Key Thought: Spiritual maturity (fruitfulness) comes through walking in and yielding to the Holy Spirit

1.  You Pick Your Own FruitGalatians 5:16-18

  • Vs 16 – every person has to decide what kind of fruit they will have in their life
  • Vs 17 – there is an inner struggle between the flesh and the Spirit

2.  Fruit Of The FleshGalatians 5:19-21

  • Vs 19 – Sexual temptation
  • Vs 20a – Worship temptation
  • Vs 20b-21a – Relationship temptation
  • Vs 21b – Discipleship temptation

3. Fruit Of The Spirit   Galatians 5:22-23

  • The character of Jesus is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control

4. What Produces Spiritual Fruit?

24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.   25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Romans 6:4-14

  • Through Christ we are set free from sin - vs 7-10
  • Consider ourselves dead to sin - vs 11
  • Make a choice, NOT to let sin reign in your life - vs 12
  • Present ourselves as instruments of righteousness - vs 13
  • Vs 25 – What we must do – Yield to the Holy Spirit
    • Total Dependence Upon The Holy Spirit
      • Spirit filled life begins when we are absolutely convinced that we can do nothing apart from the indwelling strength of H.S.
      • Overwhelming realization that we are absolutely helpless and hopeless without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit
  • When we realize we are absolutely helpless, we are then ready to surrender everything to the Holy Spirit


                  Ephesians 5:18 - greek construction - “keep on being filled” - present tense

    • We should be so completely yielded to the Holy Spirit that He can possess us fully  
    • To be filled with the Spirit implies freedom for Him to occupy every part of our lives, guiding and controlling us. Then His power can be exerted through us so that what we do is fruitful to God. 
    • The filling of the Spirit does not apply to outward acts alone; it also applies to the innermost thoughts and motives of our actions.