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June 7 Sermon Notes & Quotes
“The Redeemed Heart”
- When Christians place their faith in Jesus Christ, they receive a new heart and new spirit
(Ezekiel 36:26; Galatians 4:2).
How do you KNOW if you possess a new heart and a new spirit?
- Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:20).
- The Fruit of the Spirit is (Galatians 5:22-23):
1. ________________________ 6. ________________________
2. ________________________ 7. ________________________
3. ________________________ 8. ________________________
4. ________________________ 9. ________________________
- By contrast, the works of the flesh are also evident (Galatians 5:19-21).
What the Fruit of the Spirit is NOT
- Bible Teaching (Matthew 23:2-3)
- Public Prayer (Matthew 23:5)
- Religious Festivals (Matthew 23:6)
- Mission Work (Matthew 23:15)
- Tithing (Matthew 23:23)
Critical Points of Clarification
- Christians are not yet perfect.
- We are the church militant; we are not yet the church triumphant (Galatians 5:17).
- We have declared war on the flesh…to the death (Galatians 5:24; Romans 8:13-14).
- The Main Idea: “The desires of the flesh are not absent from believers but threaten them constantly.
Nevertheless, believers are now able to conquer the flesh and its desires through the power of he
Holy Spirit. Nor is it unclear whether one is yielding to the flesh or the Spirt, for one’s life
demonstrates whether the flesh or the Spirt reigns” (Schreiner, Galatians, 340).
- “To be ‘led by the Spirit’ is to walk by the Spirit—to have the power to rebut the desire of the flesh,
to be increasingly conformed to the likeness of Christ, to cease to be under the law” (Bruce,
- “They who are united to Christ, effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart and a new
spirit created in them through the virtue of Christ’s death and resurrection, are also farther
sanctified, really and personally, through the same virtue, by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them;
the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts thereof are more and more
weakened and mortified, and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces,
to the practice of all true holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”“This sanctification is throughout the whole man, yet imperfect in this life; there abideth still some
remnants of corruption in every part, whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh
lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh”
(“On Sanctification” in The London Baptist Confession, and “On Sanctification” in The Westminster Confession)
- “There is a mean streak to authentic self-control. Underneath what seems to be the placid
demeanor of those who are not ruled by their desires is the heart of a warrior. Self-control is not for
the timid. When we want to grow in it, not only do we nurture an exuberance for Jesus Christ, we
also demand of ourselves a hatred for sin” (Welch, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope
in the Power of the Gospel, 225).