Goodness, July 14-21

Scripture: Galatians 5:16-26


Sermon outline Goodness


22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23


In light of God’s goodness to us . . .

God is Good.

We are not good.

Christ came to bring us good.


. . . we show goodness to others.

What motivates me to show goodness to others?

            Because we want to

Obey God

Show God today

Please God eternally


How can I get better at showing goodness?

            By growing in the four practices of a Christ follower

Pray for goodness

Encourage each other to goodness

Renew your mind for goodness

Do good


How can I see what it looks like?

            By following biblical examples of goodness





Group Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of when you hear the word “goodness”? In our culture? In what contexts do you hear someone say to “be good”? To “do good?”
  2. Why do you think people resist being good? Why do we have to teach children to share but not how to be selfish?
  3. Have you ever doubted God’s goodness? What was the circumstance?
  4. How is God good and how has he shown his goodness to us in Christ? How can God make us good in Christ?
  5. What motivates you to be good?
  6. How can we grow in goodness (think about the four practices of a Christ follower)?
  7. What can goodness look like in practical daily living? To whom do you need to show goodness this week? What could you do?


Family Discussion Question

  1. How would you describe goodness? Is there a difference between kindness and goodness?
  2. Is there someone in your life who exhibits the fruit of the Spirit we describe as goodness? What does this person do?
  3. How did Jesus express his kindness (Acts 10:38)? Is there a connection between doing good and self-sacrifice?
  4. What are some of the specific ways God has expressed his goodness to us (Genesis 1–2)?
  5. What does Ephesians 2:8-10 say about our purpose? When we do good, who are we ultimately pleasing?
  6. Who should be the focus of our good deeds and what is the purpose of them (Galatians 6:10; Matthew 5:44-45; Romans 2:4)? Are there any who should be excluded (Luke 6:35)?
  7. Who, specifically, can you show goodness to? How will you do it? Read Matthew 25:31-46 together. How does this passage encourage you to be loving and do good deeds?
  8. How’s your memory verse coming? Here’s a fun way for you and your family to remember it:

What’s Going On

Study book for Fruit of the Spirit available today

Get your copy of The Fruitful Life by Jerry Bridges to go along with the summer series, $10 cash or check at the Welcome Center today or purchase a digital copy from online book sources.

Marriage Roots Conference

Relationships are hard work, and conflict will happen. What’s the good news? We invite you to grow deep at the Marriage Roots Conference Aug. 2-3. Buy tickets and get details online or at a kiosk today and take your relationship to the next level. Invite a dating, engaged or married couple to come along with you.

Calling all VBS Volunteers

If you are serving or planning to serve in VBS this year please join us for a volunteer meeting today at 1 pm in Room 107.

Art Camp

Your child will enhance their art skills and create fine pieces of artwork that illustrate God’s creation. We’ll learn how we can praise him for all he has given us to enjoy. This camp will be July 15-19 for kids who have completed 1st grade and up. The 1-4 pm session is still open. Space is limited, so don’t miss out! Register online.

Camp Wise-n-Up

Join us for a week of fun, friendship, and learning at Camp Wise-n-Up Musical Camp Aug. 5-9. Camp is open to children who have completed grades 1-5. Any child interested in a featured speaking, acting, vocal, or dancing role must attend a camp workshop on July 16. Visit the Promiseland area after service for more information or go to to register.

Love Your (New) Neighbors

People are moving to McKinney by the droves. Show your new neighbors the love of Christ – stop by and give them a small welcome gift. Pick up a gift-wrapped mug ($5) at the Welcome Center this Sunday or come up with your own gift to give.

Join the Welcome Wagon Team. This ministry has the special mission of welcoming new families moving to the McKinney area. We’ll knock on doors, deliver gifts and invite them to church! Training and first visitation day is Saturday, July 27. Contact Lu Mackey 972.547.7034 or

Global Prayer Meeting

Global Prayer will be held in Room 200 from 8:30 to 9:30 am on the third Sunday of each month. Please join us to lift the prayer needs of our local and global missionaries and workers before our great God and King. The next prayer meeting is July 21. Everyone is welcome!

Giving with a Debit Card

Many people today do not use checks often, so they don’t normally have checks with them. If that is true for you and you would like to give to the cause of Christ today, you can do so at one of the “Connect, Serve, Give” self-serve kiosks located under the stairs across from the Library on Main Street.



Vacation Bible School



How should a Christian give?

“3P” Giving:

• Proportionate (Deuteronomy 16:17; 2 Corinthians 8:11-12)

• Planned (2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Proverbs 3:9-10)

• Progressive (2 Corinthians 8:7; 2 Corinthians 9:6)



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