Where's The Fruit?

By Chestnut Street Baptist Church | Jun 06, 2014
“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” -Brennan Manning

June 8, 2014 

 Where’s the Fruit 

 John 15:1-8

John 15:4-5. If a branch does not bear fruit, we don’t chastise the branch for not working hard enough – we check its connection to the vine. What things restrict our connection to the vine and limit our fruitfulness?

 

John 15:8. What does the metaphor of “fruit” tell you about how good traits (Galatians 5:22-23) and good works (Colossians 1:10) are produced in our lives? Practically, how does “abiding in Jesus” (John 15:4-5) look different from simply “trying harder”?

 

1 John 2:6 says, “whoever says he abides in [Jesus] ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” How did Jesus walk?  How is “abiding” more than just “right belief”? Explain why right belief alone is not enough (James 2:19)?

 

G. K. Chesterton wrote, “Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.” Practically, what do you think this looks like?

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3. Obedience should not be the fruit of obligation or fear but the fruit of love. When has love motivated you go further or sacrifice more than asked? What is the result of religion (obedience/works) without love (Luke 15:25-32)? Have you ever met someone like this?

 

James 2:17-26. Abiding by faith in the root, obedience is the fruit. Do you think there any way to demonstrate true faith and love other than by deeds of obedience to God (cf. John 3:36; 8:31; 14:15; 15:8; 1Jn 2:2-6)?

 

Matthew 28:20. If being a disciple is not just about “right belief” but obedience to “all that I have commanded you” what might need to change in our discipleship? Philip Yancey wrote: “Christianity is not a purely intellectual, internal faith. It can be lived only in community.” How does community help us abide in Jesus and become more fruitful disciples??

 

 

 

 

 

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