“The Fruit of Self-Control” (2 Peter 1:1-11; Galatians 5:23)  Sunday July 9, 2017

Call to Worship

L: God has planted within and among us the seed of the gospel.

P: And through baptism and the Holy Spirit irrigated it with living waters.

L: Parents and family, teachers and friends, pastors, counselors, and churches have each cultivated us.

P: Yet it was always God who gave the growth!

U: May the fruit of self-control ripen among us and be shared so others taste and see that the Lord is good!

Scripture (2 Peter 1:1-11; Galatians 5:23) 

Our first reading comes from the second letter of Peter. 

1Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
3His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
4Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature.
5For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge,
 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness,
7and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.
8For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 9For anyone who lacks these things is nearsighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins.
10Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble.
11For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.

Our second reading comes from the letter to the Galatians.

23The fruit of the Spirit is self-control.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.

“The Fruit of Self-Control”

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