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Introduction: In this message on fruitfulness, we are reminded that the fruit-full life is made possible by abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in us. This is a guarantee, a promise, a source of hope, sense of security, and faith for destiny. Jesus pledges to supply us with life-giving sap, energy, and nourishment if we abide. Jesus promises miraculous, supernatural life!
A fruit-full person is one who is implanted and abiding in Christ - growing, increasing, abounding, flourishing, and reproducing much fruit. We are called to fruitfulness. It is a command of the Father and a sign of spiritual health and life. The fruitful life is a source of deep satisfaction and fulfillment of purpose. We know the secret of fruitfulness is a real, vital connection to Jesus - a union with an in Jesus that is intimate and personal. This is a living, nourishing, mutual, continual relationship with Jesus.
The key to producing ongoing fruit is allowing the Father to prune all dead wood in our lives and cut away the unnecessary to make room for new growth. Fruit-full living is to commit ourselves to abiding, growing, and abounding in the fruit Christ desires and expects us to bear.
John 15:16 You did not choose Me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of Him in My name.
I. THE FOUR POTENTIAL LEVELS OF FRUIT-FULL LIVING
The Bible describes four levels of fruit we can bear.
John 15:2, 5 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit… "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."
A. SOME FRUIT - FRUITS WORTHY OF REPENTANCE
1. Growing past your "stuck" places, expressing deep, real change that reflects being born again.
2. God's energiz ...
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