Your Hem Is Showing Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit

Your Hem Is Showing Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit

[Exo 39:24-26 NASB] “24 They made pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet [material and] twisted [linen] on the hem of the robe. 25 They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates all around on the hem of the robe, 26 alternating a bell and a pomegranate all around on the hem of the robe for the service, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.”

Hems are important.

The hem of any garment is the finished part of the garment. It is usually the last thing done to make the garment a finished product. It can be used without a hem, but it will not look like it was intended and will likely be hindered from its purpose. These are important aspects of hems as it relates to our topic today.Hems were important to God. Moses gave very specific instructions about the hems of the high priest. The hem was to have bells and pomegranates on them in an alternating cycle. Much of the details about the temple and the garments had practical purposes as well as symbolic purposes.

Lessons for us today.

The things that were written in the OT was written for us (Rom. 15:4). It is appropriate to look for the symbolism in the OT to find what applies for us today. We see that much of the garment of the high priest teaches about NT ministry today. But what about the hem? These details have some significance for the NT today.What could the alternating bell and pomegranate mean for us today? First of all the pomegranate is a fruit. The fruit could point to the necessity of the church operating in the fruit of the Spirit. That is not a stretch to see this parallel in this passage.

How about the bell? It served a practical purpose then but does it serve as a symbolic purpose today? It reminds me of Paul’s words in the 1 Corinthians 13:1 when he compares a person speaking in tongues without love as being a “noisy gong or a clanging cymbal”. Not just a gong or a cymbal, but a noisy and clanging one. In the hem of the high priest, the fruit softened the sounds of the bells. They kept them from being noisy and clanging together.

I maintain that it is possible that if the pomegranate represents the fruit of the Spirit then the bell could represent the gifts of the Spirit. It is interesting to me that there are 9 categories of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) and 9 categories of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:7-10). Look at this interesting sequence. In 1 Cor. 12, Paul speaks of the gifts. In 1 Corinthians 13, he speaks of love. In 1 Corinthians 14, he speaks of the gifts again. So we get the bell-gifts (1 Cor. 12), pomegranate-fruit (1 Cor. 13), and bell-gifts (1 Cor. 14).

The NT ministry today is complete and more effective when we operate with the gifts and the fruit. The gifts represent the power of Christ. The fruit represents the character of Christ. Both are desperately needed today. Some people find the bell-gift/pomegranate-fruit connection a bit of theological stretch. Regardless of your view on that, I will remind you of Paul’s words, “Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual [gifts,] but especially that you may prophesy.” (1 Cor. 14:1 NASB) 

This Sunday we are believing for more clarity on how we can be the church God has called us to become. We are believing God for a fresh outpouring of His Spirit. God is empowering us to walk in love and power, in the power and character of Christ! We will be the finished product God intends and effective at expanding His kingdom by reaching people He loves.

We are believing to connect 1000 people to Jesus Christ and His Church.

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We love you. We are looking forward to seeing you at Evangel North Church Sunday 9 AM & 11 AM, and Wednesday at 7 PM.

Also new service: Saturdays 6 PM, at Evangel World Prayer Center (6900 Billtown Road).

Pastors John & Erin Carmichael

Evangel North Church – A multi-generational multi-ethnic church reaching a region with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of God.


Sunday, May 26 after the 11AM service we are going to have a great memorial day picnic.

Bring a dish. The church will provide FREE hotdogs, hamburgers, and lemonade.

Also, WATERSLIDES for the kids.

Games: Volleyball, corn hole, horseshoes! (We are looking for sets of these games. If you have any sets of these, please sign up in the foyer.)

Did someone say “Talent Show”? Now is the time to show off your talent. Singing, dance, comedy, or any other talents! See Paul Woods.

Are you ready for a FREE, fun and Christ-centered VBS?

Friday May 31 at 6:30PM
Saturday, June 1 at Noon
Sunday, June 2 at 11AM service

Click here to register your child(ren) TODAY ONLINE or at church in the foyer.  

Here is the Facebook event page:

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There are still kinks in it, but it is fresher and more responsive. Look at on your phone and computer.We are still building ministry pages such as youth, children, food pantry, etc. Those will be rolling out soon. It will have photo galleries, sermon players, and more.

Do you have any suggestions? Corrections? Let us know. Email us at

We are looking for B-Group leaders. Email if you are interested in becoming a B-Group leader.
Check out the B-Group webpage. Just go to there is an online directory. The ENC App also has a directory of the B-Groups. Try it out!
We have several areas that are currently in need of leadership and team members.

In particular:
* Housekeeping Coordinator

Interested? Click here. 

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Stay connected to ENC 24/7. Just go to where you get apps and download it today! 

NEXT DATE: Sunday, May 19

If you want to be water baptized, ***please email us at*** or call 502.413.0115 ext. 2. Give your name and which service you will attend.

Also, follow the instructions below.
1. Bring a change of clothes and a towel. Wear dark clothing to be baptized in.
2. The baptisms will occur after praise & worship, so immediately go to the baptistery through the left door of the platform.

“Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’” Acts 22:16 NASB

Evangel North J.O.Y. – Just Older Youth

This group of “seasoned” saints (55 and older) meet twice (2) monthly.

First Friday monthly (12 Noon) – for snacks, fellowship, music, and ministry.
Third Saturday monthly (12 Noon) – pitch-in dinner, fellowship, music, ministry.

See Pastor Carl & Ellen Hall for more information CLICK HERE TO EMAIL THEM.

ALSO, here is the EVANGEL NORTH JOY Facebook page. This will be an easy way to keep up with all the meetings of the EN Joy.

Autumn Woods Health Campus 2911 Green Valley Road New Albany, IN 47150
Every 2nd Sunday at 3PM
The next date is June 9thHillcrest Nursing Home 203 Sparks Ave Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Every 3rd Sunday at 3PM
The next date is May 19th.

Full Pardon Jail Ministry

Clark County Jail
501 E Court Ave #159, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Every 5th Sunday 3PM (arrive at 2:30PM)

March is CANCELLED by the Jail for REC. The next time is June 30.

Fulfill Evangel North Church’s purpose to evangelize the world by going to those who can not come to us. 

Evangel North Food Pantry (a partner of The Lord’s Kitchen)
***NEW Date & Time***NEXT DATE: May 23rd at 7PM.

Darvis & Laura Richardson (Interim Food Pantry Directors)
Have questions? Message them on Facebook. Click their name for a link to their Facebook page.

FOOD DRIVE: We are asking people to bring your canned goods to the food pantry. There is a collection box in the foyer. 

Need food? Just show up.
Want to help? Visit the Evangel North Food Pantry Facebook page or call the church 502.413.0115 ext. 2.

Christ-Centered; Child Focused
Changing a culture, one family at a time.
NOW Enrolling!  NOW Hiring!  Call 812-964-3570

Monday thru Friday 6AM to 6PM available.  Special after-school and half-day rates.

Michelle Mallory, Director of ENDP

Fulfill Evangel North Church’s purpose to evangelize the world by being a Christ-centered, child focused daycare and preschool.


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