Loop the Fruit is a board game that is based on the biblical Fruit of the Holy Spirit, which are the nine attributes of a Christian life according to the Apostle Paul. If you read the bible, you most likely know who Paul is. We want to outline here some of the contributions he made and how he influenced our game being produced.
Paul wrote a letter to several early Christian communities in Galatia, which later turned into the ninth book of the New Testament. In chapter five of Galatians, verses twenty-two and twenty-three, Paul wrote, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” These are the nine fruit Loop the Fruit is based on. Each fruit card gives a bible scripture that highlights the fruit’s attribute along with a biblical concept of the verse.
Paul teaches that Jesus places those who have faith in Him in a position of liberty, freeing them from bondage to legalism and to license. The apostle’s main emphasis is on the crucifixion of Christ as the basis for the believer’s deliverance from the curse of sin, self, and the law. Paul also describes a dynamic faith-union with Christ.
I Corinthians 12-14 and Act 2:33 teaches that we receive the Spirit by faith and that He continues to manifest Himself in power as we walk in faith. Three guiding principles of the Holy Spirit are:
Approximately half of the book of Acts deals with Paul’s life and works.
Paul was born a Greek-speaking Jew from Tarsus. Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, he is believed to have been born around the same time as Jesus or a little later. It is believed that he was not born to a wealthy or aristocratic family, as his letters were written in Koine (or, “common” Greek).
Prior to his conversion, Paul went by the name Saul. He was a Jewish Pharisee dedicated to persecuting all believers/followers of the Way. He converted to Christianity after having a personal encounter with the Lord. While traveling from Jerusalem on the road to Damascus on a mission to “make arrests,” the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a brilliant light from heaven. As Paul fell to the ground, he heard a voice speaking to him. When he stood to his feet he was blind. Acts 9:1-9 After three days his sight was restored. Acts 9:10-17
Paul writes in Galatians 1:13-16
13 For ye have heard of my conversation in the time past in the Jew’s religion, how that
beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being
more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I
conferred not with flesh and blood:
In 1:16 he states that God revealed His Son within him and 1 Corinthians 9:1 he speaks of having seen the Lord face-to-face.
Of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament, thirteen of those are attributed to Paul. Some considered Paul to be one of the greatest and most influential religious leaders of all time, only after Jesus Christ. Therefore, about half of the New Testament stems from Paul’s teaching and influence. However, of the thirteen letters written by Paul, only seven of them were authenticated to be written by his hand. The other six are said to have been written by his followers writing in his name, creating their material from private letters of Paul’s.
We believe in the Fruit of the Holy Spirit and that every Christian should try to uphold these values. Board games are a great way to teach children, and by teaching them these attributes early, they may have a better chance at being successful. If we follow the teaching of Jesus, the Apostle Paul, and the bible, then we will live a prosperous life here and with the Lord.