Fruit of the Spirit

Discerning God’s Expectation in the Local Church

by Dr. Richard Lee Smith



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/19/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 150
ISBN : 9781490768823
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 150
ISBN : 9781490768847
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 150
ISBN : 9781490768830

About the Book

Fruit of the Spirit: Discerning God’s Expectation in the Local Church is based on the following scriptural text: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal. 5:22–23, NIV). Originally, this was my PhD dissertation. To provide resource materials for pastors and laypersons in sermon and Bible study preparations. My intent is to give a thorough theologically based discussion and understanding of the fruit of the spirit, as defined in Galatians 5:22–23. I will weave together scripture with lively illustrations from personal experiences, selected quotes, and stories. My hope for the reader is to better discern God’s expectation of these fruit in your life and in the local church.

About the Author

Lee was born in Holden, Massachusetts. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and has served churches throughout New England. Lee served in the US Navy during the Vietnam era and in the Army Reserves as a Commissioned Officer and Chaplain. He served as the Protestant Chaplain on several Holland America Cruise Ships. Lee also served as Chaplain on local and State Police Departments and is a member of the Massachusetts Corp of Police Chaplains. Lee’s hobbies include art, biking, kayaking, martial arts, skiing, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. He has two daughters and four wonderful grandchildren. Lee gives grateful thanks to his family and friends for their prayerful support and encouragement throughout his educational process and publishing of this book.