Walk by the Spirit: Spiritual Fruit and Gospel Fiber

During this study, we will examine the context of the passage on the fruit of the Spirit and uncover the significance of the context for the beloved text.


It’s true that fruit and fiber are good for our bodies, but in this course, discover why spiritual fruit and gospel fiber are necessary for the soul! Dr. Joey Dodson discusses walking by the Spirit according to the context of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. He will lead you on an exploration of the depth and breadth of the freedom we have in Christ and what we have access to as a result of that freedom. You will examine the context of the fruit of the Spirit passage and discover how this context sheds new light on the beloved text. Finally, Dr. Dodson will help you delve into the passages on the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit and explore how the fruit of the Spirit is meant to be lived out within the body of Christ.

  • Explain the context for the fruit of the Spirit passage in Galatians and examine the fruit of the Spirit in light of its immediate literary context.
  • Describe the freedom we have in Christ and how that relates to the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Explain what it means to walk according to the Spirit and identify the results of doing so.
  • Describe the war between the Spirit and the flesh.
  • Describe briefly each fruit of the Spirit.
  • Explain how believers experience the fruit of the Spirit in their lives.
  • Explain the corporate nature of the fruit of the Spirit.
  • You're sure to enjoy the lecturer's personal and relevant anecdotes, but he also packs in a lot of scriptural information. I would suggest that you take notes during the lecture or watch the lecture twice before taking the assessments.

    — Trudy, United States
  • Very well done. Concise but complete in explaining the verses and how Paul’s phrasing worked to unify the information.

    — Marcia, United States
  • I like the examples/illustrations that were used. The comparisons were relevant and painted a picture that increased my understanding.

    — Annette, United States
  • I really enjoyed the lecturer. He was very humble and relatable. I like how he described certain concepts and word definitions. I came away with a better understanding of what walking in the Spirit is and isn't.

    — Kristina, Canada
  • Thank you for setting out clearly Life by the Spirit. It really gave me a sense of responsibility for the choices that I make as a Christian and how I can change myself and help and support others. I like the question 'Do I have anyone at the bottom of my cross?' I had not considered this before and will certainly think about how I first can share this course with church members and maybe we can have this as a discussion point for us as a Church to act on so that we can be more in unity as the Body of Christ. I liked in Lesson 1, that we have freedom from, but also freedom to. Thank you so much for this course, I will not be keeping this to myself!!

    — Joan, Jamaica
  • The information gave me a better understanding of the Fruit of the Spirit.

    — Michelle, United States
  • Thanks so much for the wonderful insight into Galatians.

    — Johannes, United States
  • Very simple no nonsense course, based purely upon the Bible, presented in a way which is easily understandable, but equally easily practicable. I like the idea that the fruit of the Spirit has a corporate dimension to it. Really enjoyed engaging with this course.

    — Michael, United Kingdom
  • Loved it and I have learned a lot from the message.  

    — Margaret, United States
  • Good course for new Christian

    — Bethany, United States
  • This course give me a clearer understanding of how the Fruit of the Spirit works.

    — Lisa, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • This lecture has reaffirmed what I knew from previous research I have done in the past. But mostly I have gleaned a whole new concept of the fruit of the Spirit as it applies to the fact that God's will for us is to be a community of love for one another so that no one is left behind. That we are reconciled back to being one with the Holy Trinity. It has helped me see the significance of the Groom (Jesus) and the Bride (the Church) coming together as one.

    — Deborah, United States
  • Learned more about being a community

    — Tricia, United States
  • I am so excited to find ODBU! One blessing that has come to me during Covid has been an increased passion to study the Word. I am retired and on a fixed income, so I was searching for some affordable Christian Education and I found this website. I am so grateful.

    — Joann, United States
  • Amazing. At first in thought "what?" He wasn't "spiritual" like many teachers, he used real life illustrations, "JUST LIKE JESUS DID". He did an amazing job of taking "regular things" and explaining the Fruits of the Spirit in a simple, very understandable way.

    — Hobe, United States
  • Thank you for teaching this needed course about the Holy Spirit.

    — Cam, United States
  • Should have taken this course first. Lot of insight. Thank you. Have a wonderful day full of blessings.

    — Susan, United States
  • I found it difficult to follow this lecturer.

    — Julie-beth, United States
  • Thank you for your commitment and faithfulness to provide us profound insights into the Word of God. I am definitely walking away with a new set of lenses. May God continue to bless all the staff and all the teachers that pour into us each and every day amen

    — Elsa, United States
  • A good course!

    — Russell, Canada
  • I appreciate the approachableness of this teacher: youthful, energetic, and entertaining. Thank you.

    — Pamela, United States
  • My first course so I was not sure what to expect. I will be better prepared on my future courses.

    — Philip, United States
  • Keep up the fantastic work! :-)

    — Walter, United States
  • I truly enjoyed this course. The literature and discussion questions helped me to understand not only the fruit of the Spirit more, but also the Holy Spirit. Thank you for helping me to grow and learn.

    — Marci, United States

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Course Details

  • Low Effort
  • 5 Lessons
  • 12 Min Average
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Joseph R. Dodson, PhD