23 November 2003                                                            1                                                         Keys to Producing Fruit #4

                                                                                                                                                       Abiding in God's Word





                                Keys to Producing Fruit #4

                                         Abiding in God's Word




1.  Introduction:


  John 15:1-8  “Abide in Me and my words abide in you”.


·         Clear will & purpose of God is that every believer be fruitful; productive.

·         “Much fruit”          =>  God is honored.

                                   =>  Evidence you are a disciple – fully committed follower of Christ.


·         3 Levels of Fruit bearing:

i)  No Fruit                =>  He lifts up, positions to bear fruit.

ii)  Fruit                     =>  He prunes to produce more fruit.

iii)  Much fruit           =>  He is honored by our life.

·         “Not Abide”  =>  Cast forth and withered  = 3584 = to shrivel, dry out, lose vitality.



2.  Abiding = Key to Fruit bearing:


     John 15:7  “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will and it                           shall be done unto you”.


·         Abide = 3306 = to remain, continue, endure in a place or relationship.


·         Abide in Christ =>



(i)  Maintain vital personal relationship with Jesus Christ - the head.

      - Prompt confession of sin.

-          Daily prayer – worship – intimacy.


              (ii) Maintain vital relationship with local church – Body of Christ.

                    - Cannot be a fruit bearer with “Jesus & me” only mindset.

                    - Acts 9:4 “Why persecute Me?” Christ identifies with His body.

                    - Local church is the body of Christ – household of God.

                    - Broken relationship/ sin/ offenses hinder fruit. (1 Corinthians 11:29-30)

                    - Psalm 92:13-14 “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the

courts of God, they shall still bring forth fruit in old age, they shall be fat &                           flourishing.

·      ”Flourish” = 6524 = to break forth as a bud, bloom, blossom.

·       Fat and flourishing = rich, fertile and green, prosperous.

                    - God plants you in a local church to provide an environment to bring forth fruit –                           teaching – anointing – correction.

·      The key part of the Devil's strategy is to destroy your potential:

i)    Disconnect you from Christ.

ii)   Disconnect you from local church relationships.




23 November 2003                                                          2                                                         Keys to Producing fruit #4

                                                                                                                                                         Abiding in Gods Word




3.   Abiding in the Word of God.


·       Note the two conditions for fruit bearing:

            (i)  Abiding in Christ.               (ii)  Words of Christ abides in you.                      


a)  Your attitude to the Word of God is  your attitude to God Himself. 


·       2 Samuel 12:10-12  “Despise the Word = despise God”.

-  You cannot separate the two.  God's word expresses who He is.

-  Reject the word => Reject Him.

·       Luke 6:46  “Why call me Lord Lord and do not what I say:

            -  Acknowledge the King => obey the Kings directions.

            -  Born into a kingdom to submit to a king and his word.

            -  “Kingdom of God” not the “democracy of God”.


b)  There is contention over the Word of God.


·       Genesis 3:1  “Did God say?”

            -  The serpents strategy was to sow doubt about God's Word & Character.

            -  By rejecting 'word' – Adam rejected God's authority & sin entered.

            -  Receiving & responding to the Word of God was His key to living.

·       Luke 8:12  “The Devil comes and takes away the word sown in heart.

            -  This is the key parable – tells how fruit bearing occurs.

            -  The Word is a seed that produces fruit.

            -  There is contention over the word: Birds-Sun-Thorn.

            -  v15  “Man who hears the word and keeps it brings forth fruit!”


c)  God's Word is the Channel of His life and Power:


·       1 Thessalonians 2:13  “--- word of God that works effectively in you who believe”.

            -  Word must be received, embraced, believed & acted upon.

            -  Faith causes the Word of God to come alive and produce a result.

            -  Nothing is impossible to Him that believes. (Mark 9:23)

            -  Hebrews 4:2 “The Word of God does not benefit if not joined  to it by faith”.


d)  How to let the word of God Abide in you:


   (i)  Hear the Word.  Proverbs 4:20

·       Be attentive & focus on what God says.

  (ii)  Meditate on the Word.  Psalm 1:2

·       Delight yourself in what God has to say and be repeatedly connected.

  (iii)  Confess the Word.  Hebrews 10:23

·       Confess = to say the same thing on, speak out as God spoke.

·       Learn by heart = to learn by mouth.

  (iv)  Obey the Word.  John 7:22-25