Bear Fruit: Our BEST Life
Topic: Biblical Passage: 1 Corinthians 16:5–16:19
John 15:1, 5 (ESV)
1) “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser...5)I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:11 (ESV)
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
The Bearing Fruit Trajectory PRESENCE
John 14:2 (ESV)
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
6)Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The Bearing Fruit Trajectory POWER
John 14:16 (ESV)
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
The Bearing Fruit Trajectory LIVING SENT (to bear fruit)
John 17:14–18 (ESV)
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
The Bearing Fruit Trajectory Bearing Fruit to PROCLAIM
John 17:23, 26 (ESV)
I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Exodus 9:15–16 (NET)
For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with plague, and you would have been destroyed from the earth. 9:16 But for this purpose I have caused you to stand: to show you my strength, and so that my name may be declared in all the earth.
WIRED TO BEAR FRUIT
Genesis 1:27–28 (NET)
God created humankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.”
Psalm 1:1–3 (ESV)
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
it is the WAY we know
Matthew 7:15–20 (NET)
“Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. 7:16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? 7:17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 7:18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 7:20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.
2 Corinthians 5:10 (ESV)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
FRUIT BEARING EXAMPLE SURRENDERED
1 Corinthians 16:5–9 (ESV)
Plans for Travel
I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, 6 and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7 For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. 8 But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
FRUIT BEARING EXAMPLE SURROUNDED
1 Corinthians 16:10 (ESV)
When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am.
1 Corinthians 16:12 (ESV)
Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was not at all his will to come now. He will come when he has opportunity.
1 Corinthians 16:17 (ESV)
I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence,
1 Corinthians 16:19 (ESV)
The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord.
1. Fight for it...
2. Your best day is a day governed by this question: “If the Lord wills it?”
3. Connect with others for bearing fruit