1     God Has Called Every Believer to be Fruitful

·         God’s original design for man is to be fruitful – productive.

·         God’s desire = family people in His own image likeness.

·         Salvation – not about getting to heaven, it’s about becoming fruitful.

·         “Chosen” Ž to select out of group.

·         “Ordain” Ž to appoint, set apart for a purpose.

·         Every believer has been chosen by God for a purpose.



2     What Does it Mean Bring Forth Fruit?

i)     Character

Galatians 5:22  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.”

·         First work of the Holy Spirit in your life = change you to become like Christ.

·         Holy Spirit given to change us.


ii)    Conduct

Colossians 1:10  “That you might walk worthy of the Lord, unto all pleasing being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in knowledge of God.”

·         Internal change results in external activities for God.

·         Faith in Christ is demonstrated by being active serving Him.

·         Active in building church (Body of Christ).

·         Active in reaching lost for Christ (Extending Kingdom).

·         Note:  Something is wrong when a tree is not fruitful.

·         Example:  Orange tree – no oranges Ž something is wrong.

·         Example:  Christian not growing, serving Ž something is wrong.

·         Example:  Orchardist will prune to get fruit then cut tree down.

·         cf  John 15:6  Abide not Ž Withered Ž Cast into fire.



3     Enemy of Fruitfulness = “Wrong Thinking”

·         Romans 12:2  “Be not conformed to this world but be transformed.”

·         “Conformed” (4914 Strongs) = to make something into same form as something else.  To cast into mould so comes out the same externally.

·         “World” (165 Strongs) = This age, this generation with its values and lifestyle.

·         Warning not to be shaped so lifestyle, external is same as world.




i)             Education                   ]        All focus on:

ii)            TV/Media                   ]

iii)           Close association         ]      * Personal rights

iv)           Family/culture            ]      * Self interest

v)            Finances                    ]


·         What influences shape your life?  Conform?  Compromise?

·         Bear the image of Lord or image of world?

·         Life formed by divine or demonic influence?

·         Example:  Parable of Sower:  Devil; distress and distraction stop fruit.



4     Three Attributes that Produce Fruit

i)     Availability Ž yielded to, at disposal of

Romans 12:1  “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable.”

·         Because God has demonstrated mercy, kindness.

·         “Present” = To yield your body – means you express life.

·         Ž Picture of Old Testament sacrifice made to thank, honour God.

·         Ž Person picked the best of the flock – made free will offering.

·         Ž Given to God to be used for his purposes.

·         Ž Once person gave to God – no claim, no right to take back.

·         Make self daily available to live for purpose and honour of God.


ii)    Teachability

Romans 12:2  “… be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

·         “Transform” (3339 Strongs) = Metamorphis Ž change from caterpillar to butterfly.

·         Total change in character and conduct.

·         Change takes place as mind – thoughts renewed by Word of God.

·         “Renew” = to renovate a house – gut it and rebuild.

·         What exposure do you have to the Word?  To the Holy Spirit?  To others speaking into your life?


iii)   Stickability

Luke 8:15  Good ground – honest and good heart, having heard the Word of God, keep it and bring forth fruit with patience.

·         “Patience” (5281 Strongs) = to bear trials and pressure with positive attitude.

·         Must learn how to stick with what God has entrusted until fruit.