Foundations in Discipleship and Church Life Part 5 | Holy Spirit Dependence Part 3
The fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) is something only God can give. We can’t produce it on our own strength; however when we allow God’s Spirit to fill us we will increase in fruitfulness and grow more and more into the image of Christ. John 15 compares Christ to a vine and his followers as branches on that vine. As vital water and nutrients flow through a vine out to the branches, so we need Christ to breathe his Spirit into us to give us life and power to carry out his will for his church.