Read Luke 13:6-9
Compare to the parable. God is looking for fruit. He has a reason for expecting fruit from his people. God wants his people to bear fruit because he desires a harvest. Bearing Fruit has to do With God's purpose for us. If we are caught up and involved in Gods mission then we will bear Fruit. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit; we are immersed in an environment and connected to a source of life that will do more than grow big green leafy plants it will bring forth fruit.
As we begin this series I want to lay out some key principles for us to meditate on and discuss often ...
I am the True Vine You are the Branches!
Before we get concerned about the fruit we first need to go back to the vine, our spirituality and our Christian walk is not based on the fruit we bear, but on the vine that gives that fruit life. It is about the Spirit coming into our life together and into our congregation and filling us so full with the love of Christ that we act toward one another and toward the world in ways that give glory to the God. Christians whose lives remain in Christ will bear fruit charged with the richness of the Holy Spirit.
I have heard it said that we are not judges but we are fruit inspectors. I am not sure we are worthy to be either. If we recognize the fruit of the spirit it is only because the love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are as easy for us to recognize as are apples, oranges, bananas, and grapes. The fruit inspector is God. He comes to us and wants more than a great big leafy plant. He seeks the fruit of the spirit that embodies before the world the sort of changed lives that God desires for all creation. The story of the man who owned a vineyard and a fig tree is not just a story of judgment or fruit inspection it is also a story of grace or good gardening. There is still time to see a bountiful harvest.
The soil of our American culture may not be the best, but the true vine can grow in the most hostile environments.
The true vine, the sign of Gods mercy and love, was a horrible, scandalous cross raised up in a city garbage heap outside the respectable borders of town. If we remain in the true vine, nourished by the life-giving Holy Spirit, then there is real hope of bearing fruit.
Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit
September 18, 2005
God has a reason for expecting f________ from his people.
God wants his people to bear fruit because he desires a h________.
What do we mean when we speak of the Fruit of the Spirit?
The Fruit of the Spirit means that these qualities are the r_______ of the Spirit being active in our life together.
The Fruit of the Spirit are not merely i______________; they are also c_________________ and have to do with our life together.
Read John 15:1-6.
If the Spirit animates and courses through the Church, then the church should be b______________ the fruit of the spirit.
There is still time to see a bountiful h______________.
The true vine can grow in the most h________________ environments.
The true vine, the sign of Gods mercy and love, was nailed to a scandalous c__________ raised up in a city garbage heap outside the respectable borders of town.
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