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What would life be like if there were no love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self control? It would be awful! Join us as we “taste” the fruits of the spirit and see just how good they are!

Scripture Focus:But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galations 5:22-23 ESV

Materials: A variety of 9 fruits (already cut into bite size pieces), bowls, spoons, and a piece of rotten fruit (You can easily make a banana go rotten if you don’t have anything else.)

Background: The Apostle Paul was writing to the church in Galatia to teach them how to keep in step with the Spirit. He had warned them against things to look out for. Now he was teaching them about things to focus on. He wanted the people to know what it looks like to walk with Christ.

Set the Mood Through Worship:

Fruit of the Spirit Object Lesson:

(Discuss:)

  • What are some words you might use to describe fruit? (sweet, juicy, delicious, etc.)
  • What is your favorite fruit? Why?
  • How would you know if that fruit was rotten?
  • Would you ever eat a rotten piece of fruit? Why not?

Today we are going to be talking about a different kind of fruit…

(Read: Galations 5:22-23 from the Bible. Take the first fruit and put a bit in each child’s bowl.)

(Discuss:)

  • The 1st fruit of the spirit is love. Why do you think that is included first?
  • Why is love important?
  • How did God show love to us?
  • How can we show love to others?

(Take the next fruit and put a bit in each child’s bowl.)

  • The 2nd fruit of the spirit is joy. Why do you think that is included?
  • Why is joy important?
  • What does God rejoice in?
  • How can we help others be joyful?

(Take the next fruit and put a bit in each child’s bowl.)

  • The 3rd fruit of the spirit is peace. Why do you think that is included?
  • Why is peace important?
  • How does God give us peace?
  • How can we help create an atmosphere of peace in our homes? At school? When we are with friends?

(Take the next fruit and put a bit in each child’s bowl.)

  • The 4th fruit of the spirit is patience. Why do you think that is included?
  • Why is patience important?
  • How does God show patience to us?
  • How can we show patience to others?

(Take the next fruit and put a bit in each child’s bowl.)

  • The 5th fruit of the spirit is kindness. Why do you think that is included?
  • What would life be like without kindness?
  • How does God show kindness to us?
  • What is one practical way that you can show kindness to someone today?

(Take the next fruit and put a bit in each child’s bowl.)

  • The 6th fruit of the spirit is goodness. Why do you think that is included?
  • How is goodness important?
  • How did God show goodness to us?
  • How can we be good?
  • When we make mistakes and do not do good things, how can we be forgiven?

Read from the Bible: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 ESV

It is important for us to try to do good, but it is also important to know that when we do mess up and fail to show goodness, God can still do good work.

Read from the Bible: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 ESV

(Take the next fruit and put a bit in each child’s bowl.)

  • The 7th fruit of the spirit is faithfulness. Why do you think that is included?
  • How is faithfulness important?
  • How does God show faithfulness to us?
  • How can we be faithful to God? To our friends? To our family?

(Take the next fruit and put a bit in each child’s bowl.)

  • The 8th fruit of the spirit is gentleness. Why do you think that is included?
  • What are some things that you would describe as gentle?
  • How is gentleness important?
  • How does God show gentleness to us?
  • How can we be gentle?

(Take the last fruit and put a bit in each child’s bowl.)

  • The last fruit of the spirit is self-control. Why do you think that is included?
  • What does a life without self-control look like?
  • How does God demonstrate self-control?
  • What is an area where you want to be more self-controlled? Pray for God to help you!

(Show the rotten piece of fruit.)

  • Here is the last piece of fruit. Who would like some of this?
  • How can we work to keep rotten fruit out of our lives?
  • What are some things we can do to make sure our lives are producing good fruit?

Enjoy your fruit salad together!

Speak Life: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21

{As your students are enjoying their fruit salad, take a moment to go around the table and share some of the fruits you see in each of their lives. What an encouragement to keep walking in the Spirit!}

IMG_9505Tara is a homeschool mom who lives in Nashville, TN with her family of 5. Visit her at MinivanMinistries.com, where she blogs about making Jesus the driving force in your family. Her goal is to help you help your kids fall in love with Jesus. You can also hang out with her on FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and follow MinivanMin on Periscope. Thanks for reading!

 

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