Stay Filled with the Holy Spirit, Bearing His Fruit
Yes, struggling believer, you will prevail in your soul’s battle between your new spiritual nature and your old corrupt nature. We will stand with you, and God will give you the victory.
Yes, Lord Jesus, we yearn for Your Holy Spirit’s fruit in our lives. Prune us, fill us and guide us.
Let the Holy Spirit transform you into the image of Jesus as you strive to imitate Him. [The English first-person imperative occurs so rarely, that it startles of repels readers.]
Keep the local Body healthy and holy by not over-emphasizing anyone’s pet ministry.
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Defang modern Pharisees. This story depicts vividly how to liberate believers who struggle against petty rules and dogmatic arrogance. Do so by unleashing God’s free grace:
River of Grace, a story, combat petty rules, legalists
Sense the crushing force of Eden’s events. Relive Adam’s and Eve’s catastrophe with its universal effect of original sin. This fun drama lets adults and children act together to portray our first parent’s fall:
Expose devilish hypocrisy. Act out Jesus’ miraculous healing that exposed Pharisees’ haughty spirit:
Jesus healed a blind man on the Sabbath, causing an uproar
Ensure believers of their free entry into heaven. Jesus’ trial by fire of believers’ works is a strong incentive for holiness. Relive Moses’ testing of Midianite contraband, and see how it compares with Jesus’ coming judgment seat. Scripted to reenact: [Is there a “customs” desk at heaven’s door? Do we want new believers to think so?]
Jesus will try our works by fire, let what is good enter glory, scripted
Play the plumber. Unclog a common blockage by clergy of the flow of God’s grace:
Calling clergy to repent of failing to release God’s apostles
Choosing between Moses and Messiah. Avoid common, painful legalism stemming from confusing Old Testament Law with New Testament standards for living:
jit 4d 91 Key contrasts between Old, New Testaments, 3 pages
Fortify faith. Enact Abraham’s battle with five pagan kings and other exploits of faith:
Cultivate faith like Abraham’s
Calm the soul’s conflict between humanity’s two natures. Help believers escape painful stress by replacing their old, bent animal nature with the new nature born of the Spirit:
Works of flesh compared with fruit of Spirit, diagram
Lay historical foundations for global outreach. Relive how God launched His worldwide campaign to reach all nations. Scripted to act out:
God’s promise to Abraham, basis for all missions, scripted
Find how Abraham’s faith changed the course of the entire world. Scripted to reenact:
Abraham obeys God, offers to slay his son, scripted
Common Traps To Avoid
Church policies that replace God’s guidelines for naming shepherds, for serving Communion and for baptizing.
Petty rules that churches or misguided believers impose on others in order to control them.
Manipulate believers’ conscience to make them feel guilty so they yield to abusive leaders.
Cite Old Testament laws to govern New Testament believers.