Farmers Market or Garbage Dump

August 19, 2015, 0 Comments

Over the last few months, we have been preaching through the book of Galatians. The text of Galatians 5:16-26 includes the passages regarding the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. The following are my teaching notes for the message.

Farmers Market or Garbage Dump? – Galatians 5:16-26

  • What is the difference between a farmers market & a garbage dump? Both have fruit and vegetables. But one has fresh fruits & veggies whereas the other has rotten, discarded produce. One has good fruit, the other has bad fruit.
  • We decide what fruit we feed from and what fruit we feed others.
  • God is not just concerned with what happens after death. He wants to make a radical change for you in real-time.


1. Only by the Spirit can we overcome the flesh.

  • verses 16-18 — We must walk by the power of the Spirit in order to deny the pull of the flesh.
  • The flesh we live in can be brought under control.
  • John 14:15-17 teaches that the promise of the Spirit’s presence in our lives is real; straight from Jesus’ mouth.
  • “I say then” (v 16) refers back to v. 2-15: Since you are free from the law, walk by the Spirit.
  • The glaring question: “Where will we draw the power to live our lives?” Only through God’s Spirit that our sinful nature is overcome moment by moment.
  • There is hope for holiness.
  • It requires a moment-by-moment relationship with the Spirit. It is in this relationship where we participate with God in fixing our eyes on Him rather than the trivial pleasures of the world.
  • John 16:7-11 — Spirit brings conviction of sin so that we can remain close to Christ.
  • The law re-enslaves us. The Spirit overcomes the flesh.


2. Sin devastates the here and the hereafter.

  • verses 19-21 — Sin, in all of its forms, has a devastating effect in an eternal form.
  • The works of the flesh are what the natural man does. Left to our own devices, we wallow in sinfulness.
  • Even in these early days of Christianity certain sins were “obvious.”
  • A grid to understand the deeds of the flesh:
  • Sexual sin = an attempt to find pleasure on our own = sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity
  • Spiritualism = an attempt to control God = idolatry, sorcery
  • Self-promotion = an attempt to satisfy our ego and feel important = hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy
  • Lack of control = an attempt to allow an outside force make life less painful = drunkenness, carousing
  • God deems all sin as spiritual chaos. It all holds a condemning cost.
  • Dire warning about the eternal consequences of sin.


3. Faithful living produces powerful fruit.

  • verses 22-26
  • The flesh and the Spirit cannot be co-equal. We live by one or the other.
  • The fruit of a faithful life produces a powerful effect.
  • Spirit working in us produces spiritual fruit through us.
  • Spirit working through us produces godly character.
  • Living by the power of the Spirit gives us the humility to serve others.
  • The Spirit works both in us and through us. There is no need to choose one over the other.
  • Bearing fruit is the outcome of Spirit-led living. An apple tree does not groan and sweat to produce apples. Given the right amount of water, nutrients, pollination and sunlight, a fruit tree produces fruit.
  • John 15:16



  • Following the Spirit requires our active involvement.
    • God is waiting for us to move in faith.
  • Turn from the deeds of the flesh to the fruit of the Spirit.
  • The fruit of the Spirit produces a character that has a missionary impact on your relationships.




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