Intimacy and Fruitfulness (36 of 40) by Jesus Culture Resources

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Intimacy and Fruitfulness (36 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Ephesians 5:29-33

This week, we are going to look at fruitfulness. What does ''bearing fruit'' mean for a Christian?

''Fruit'' can be simply defined as the evidence of God's transformation in your life and world. So, for example, when you have had a problem with lying and you choose to tell the truth, that is the fruit of God in your life. When a church that has been distracted from God in some way decides to pursue God wholeheartedly, that is the fruit of God in that church. When we ''bear fruit,'' we are showing evidence of God's transforming work.

Here's the amazing thing about fruit producing. When a husband and wife have a child together, that child is a combination of both of them. The baby is not the product of only one or the other; that child is their offspring together.

When you do what God has called you to do, the fruit you produce doesn't come from just your effort, nor does it come from just His effort; it is a combination of both of you. Fruit is the result of togetherness.

Main Scripture: Ephesians 5:29-33

EQUIP: Intimacy produces fruitfulness.

Have your group read EPHESIANS 5:29-33 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.

Teaching Point 1: Fruit comes out of intimacy.

- Jesus puts it this way: ''He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.''
- We are called to become ''one flesh'' with God (1 Cor. 6:17). That is where fruit comes from.

Have you ever grown a vegetable garden? If you have, then you know that most of the time, a plant that turns yellow and loses its leaves isn't healthy! A garden plant cannot produce fruit if it doesn't have all of the necessary parts: the leaves, the roots, the vines, the flowers, and so forth. All of these things need to be together, living as one.

Jesus puts it this way - in JOHN 15, He gives the analogy of the vine an ...

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