The Fruit of the Spirit Study Week 10

Welcome to Week 10 where we’ve been studying the second Fruit of the Spirit, JOY. Last week we explored how JOY comes through trials in our lives. It’s a paradox for something so wonderful to come out of difficulty or suffering. Where does JOY originate? Deep in our salvation, placed there the moment we say YES to Jesus. This week we’ll see what happens in heaven when just one sinner repents.

Front Porch Bible Study Series by Karen Jurgens

Click HERE to read Luke 15: 1-24.

Memory Verse: Luke 15:10: “‘Likewise I say to you, there is JOY in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’”

Front Porch Bible Study Series by Karen Jurgens

When tax collectors and sinners gathered around Jesus, the Pharisees and scribes criticized Jesus for allowing such men to be near Him.
That sparked Jesus to relate three parables directed at these hypocritical Pharisees.


The first one deals with a shepherd who leaves his flock of ninety-nine to seek for one that is lost. “‘And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing’” (v.5). But his JOY multiplies after returning home. He invites friends and neighbors to a party to celebrate with him over finding his one lost sheep.

The second parable tells about a woman who loses one of her ten silver coins. She lights a lamp, sweeps her house, and searches diligently until she finds it. “‘And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’” (v.9)

The third relates the story of the prodigal son. After he squanders all his money, he finds himself working in a pigsty where even the pig’s food looks appealing to his empty stomach. After he comes to himself, he makes the long journey home to appeal to his father to make him as one of his slaves.
Much to his surprise, his father runs out to meet him and welcomes him with a joyful kiss. “‘But the father said to the servant, “Bring out the best robe and put it on him and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” And they began to be merry’” (v. 22-24).

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Have you ever lost something of great value? I have. The situation causes my heart to canter and my mind to swirl in panic. I retrace my steps and get on hands and knees, feeling behind furniture and shining a flashlight into dark corners. Finally, my lost treasure is discovered–usually in the last place I look. My relief turns to JOY, and my family and friends rejoice with me.

What do these parables have in common? Probably something that has happened to each of us–something precious is lost and later is found. And the finders’ joy overflows to a celebration.

But the meaning is far deeper.

“‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me'” (Revelation 3:20 NKJV).

The lost sheep, coin, and prodigal son represent those who are lost in their sins but who find JOYful salvation at the cross of Christ. Jesus uses these parables to show the Pharisees and scribes how God feels about one lost sinner. Each person is so special that God personally seeks out each one. Then He calls His angels in heaven together to rejoice with Him over every person who repents.

As an altar minister at my church, I have prayed with several people over the years for salvation. Through our tears, I remind them that the angels are celebrating JOYfully in heaven as well as writing their name in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

There is no sweeter time of celebration on heaven or on earth than when a lost soul repents and meets Jesus as personal Lord and Savior.

“The king shall have JOY in Your strength, O Lord; and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!” (Psalm 21:1 NKJV)

Can you share your story of JOY with us, either about your own salvation or the salvation of a friend or loved one?

Front Porch Bible Study Series by Karen Jurgens

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for making the salvation experience one that is full of JOY. May we feast on the JOY of our salvation and also rejoice with those whose salvation we witness. We ask You to send forth Your Spirit to draw in the Lost and use us as Your witnesses during these last days. In Your Son’s Name we pray, Amen.

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much ~ James 5:16.

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6 thoughts on “The Fruit of the Spirit Study Week 10

  1. Karen, thank you for another excellent lesson featuring the Fruit of the Spirit: Joy. I enjoyed your focus on the “Lost and Found” parables for this second lesson reflecting on joy. I am looking forward to seeing lots of ladies on our “Front Porch” as we discuss the lesson! j

    • Thanks, Joyce, for your encouragement. I’m praying for a new revival to sweep over the earth. The fields are ripe and plentiful. Wishing you a blessed day! ❤️

  2. Excellent Bible Study lesson on joy! My story of the joy of my salvation is pretty simple. My father and 2 of my sisters went forward for the altar call. I saw a change in them and wanted what they had, so I took a church course on salvation, openly confessed Him as my Savior & Lord, and was baptized. Now I am “working out that salvation” as it says in Philippians 2:12 – “work out your salvation with fear and trembling”.

    Even although my sins were not “big” in the world’s eyes, I was still a sinner in need of the Savior, and I know the angels were rejoicing over me when I openly confessed Him as my Lord & Savior. O what a Savior! O Hallelujah! He gave His life’s blood for even me! I love how God meets us, just as we are, and relentlessly searches for us, keeps knocking, and draws us to Himself. And then even the angels in heaven rejoice over another lost soul that God brings into His Kingdom!

    I Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
    There’s room at the cross for you.
    There’s room at the cross for you.
    Though millions have come, there’s still room for one.
    Yes, there’s room at the cross for you.

    • Amen, Becky! I love your testimony. ❤️ Yes, I was just like you. No big sins but in need of a savior, and what joy salvation brought! I love I Corinthians 1:18 and sing along with you in that wonderful old hymn. “There’s room at the cross for you!” I can hear the angels singing over each soul that was lost and now is found. 🎉
      Blessings, sweet sister. ❤️

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