Bethany Independent Presbyterian Church


The Fruit of the Spirit: Peace Galatians 5:22-23; John 16; Philippians 4

The Fruit of the Spirit: Peace Galatians 5:22-23; John 16; Philippians 4


1. The longing for Peace

a) A natural thing for people in war-torn countries

b) Where there is a high crime rate

2. The Pax Romana

a) The Peace of Rome in the days of the first century

b) Rome’s Peace was achieved with an iron fist

c) Any trouble was put down with ruthlessness



1. State of Enmity with God

a) Without Christ Ephesians 2:12a

b) Aliens from the commonwealth of Israel Ephesians 2:12b

c) Having no hope Ephesians 2:12c

d) Without God in the world Ephesians 2:12d

2. Peace obtained

a) He Himself (Christ the Lord) is our peace Ephesians 2:14

b) Reconciled them both to God Ephesians 2:16a

i) In one body Ephesians 2:16b

ii) Through the cross Ephesians 2:16c

c) Putting to death the enmity Ephesians 2:16d

d) We have peace with God through Christ Romans 5:1



1. The problem of anxiety/ worry

a) The Lord Jesus had to address this issue pointedly

b) Many worried needlessly

2. Admonition of the Lord Jesus Christ

a) Worrying about life

“Do not worry about your life” Matthew 6:25a

b) Uselessness of worrying

i) “Which of you by worrying

Can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:27

ii) “Why do you worry about clothing?” Matthew 6:28

c) Stop worrying

i) “Therefore do not worry…” Matthew 6:31

ii) “Do not worry about tomorrow” Matthew 6:34



1. A Personal sense of Peace

a) Peace of heart

b) Peace of mind

2. The Problem of feeling Troubled

a) The thought of Death

“Let not your heart be troubled” John 14:1a

b) Feeling of being orphaned

“I will not leave you orphans” John 14:18

3. The Promise of Peace

a) Description of the peace the Lord Jesus gives

i) The gift of peace

“Peace I leave with you” John 14:27a

ii) The Lord’s kind of peace

“My peace I give to you” John 14:27b

iii) The world

“Not as the world gives

do I give to you” John 14:27c

b) Effects of this gift of peace

i) The heart

“Let not your heart be troubled” John 14:27d

ii) Fear

“Neither let It be afraid” John 14:27e

iii) Words that bring peace

“These things I have spoken to you,

That in Me you may have peace” John 16:33a

iv) Good cheer

In the world you will have tribulation:

“But be of good cheer ,

I have overcome the world” John 16:33



1. Encouragement not to be anxious

a) Anxiety felt

b) Addressing anxiety

“Be anxious for nothing” Philippians 4:6

2. Encouragement to pray

a) Pray about everything

“In everything by prayer and supplication,

With thanksgiving, let your requests be made known

To God” Philippians 4:6b

b) Peace of God will serve as a guard

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,

Will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7

3. The God of Peace

a) The Practice of Meditation Philippians 4:8

i) Things that are true

ii) Noble

iii) Just

iv) Pure

v) Lovely

vi) Good report

vii) Virtuous

viii) Praiseworthy

b) The Practice of faith

i) Learned

ii) Received

iii) Heard

iv) Seen

“These do, and the God of peace will be with you” Philippians 4:9



1. Thank God

a) We already are at peace with God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

b) There is a special work of the Spirit of God in our life that will result in Peace

2. Challenges for us:

a) To cease worrying

b) To pray

c) To meditate

d) To practise our faith