“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23
By popular request, we are going to journey deep into the Spirit this winter and spring. Actually, the request is for us to study an in depth book on faith, Scripture, and spirituality. I could think of no better place to start as a congregation than an exploration on the fruit of the Spirit. I hope everyone in our congregation will participate in reading Phil Kenneson’s “Life on the Vine”. The book is challenging – but worth the effort it takes to read and ultimately to apply to our life together at Kingsway. We will be a better church for doing so.
One scholar reflects: “Many books--many fine books--have been published on the fruits of the Spirit. But none are quite like Life on the Vine. Philip Kenneson combines in this book rich, theologically grounded reflection on Christian life and practice with stunning analysis of contemporary culture. After a probing introductory chapter on the necessity and complexity of cultural analysis, Kenneson takes up each of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. He explores what each fruit means in its biblical context, then investigates how key traits of late modern Western culture inhibit the development and ripening of each fruit. Life on the Vine is that rare book that will reward the reader on many levels. It may be read as a biblical and theological study, as an inspirational work on spirituality, as incisive cultural criticism and as a practical guide to Christian discipleship.”
“Life on the Vine” will serve as our guiding text for a 12 week study on the fruit of the spirit during Wednesday Night Fellowship this winter. Dr. Kenneson has also agreed to lead our church on a retreat oriented on the study sometime in the early summer – and I hope everyone will plan to attend. The date is not yet set, but details will be known soon.
Might we strive to grow towards God as we become more fruitful in our private and corporate walks with God.
Many blessings to you each,
Kingsway Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
7887 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138
Phone: (901) 683-3505