Fruit of the Spirit | PART 5 | Kindness

Gathering Question: 

What is one way you’ve seen God at work in your life this week?

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

The Fruit of the Spirit is…kindness, not niceness. 

  • Reflect on the difference between kindness and niceness. How would you define each word? 

Isaiah 54:8, Romans 2:4, Titus 3:4-5

  • How have you experienced the kindness of God? 

Romans 12:1-2

  • These two verses form an “umbrella” statement for the rest for the chapter. How would you summarize the main point in these verses? 
  • What do these words/phrases mean to you: conforming, transforming, living sacrifice?

Romans 12:3-21

  • Of the many commands in these verses, which stand out to you as the most challenging or most important? Why?
  • How would you summarize these commands?
  • How are these commands connected to the first two verses in Romans 12?
  • Modern western culture values “self” (think: self-discovery, self-expression, self-actualization). How do you see the value of “self” (or individualism) showing up in the modern church?
  • How does this chapter address the heightened individualism of modern western culture?
  • What are some practical ways we can become more focused on others and not live for ourselves? What spiritual practices come to mind?

Closing Prayer.