The MATURING Disciple:
Bearing MORE Fruit
Pastor Mike Garner / June 16, 2019
- Today, are you feeling God is NEAR or FAR from you? Read John 15 and determine what it means for you to REMAIN in Jesus.
- Reflect on Galatians 5:19-23. Are there fruits of the flesh that are hindering you? What steps can you take to help bear fruit of the spirit?
- Pastor Mike discussed the results of remaining in Jesus, two of which were loving one another and bearing much fruit. What are some ways you can do each of these this week?
- If we have been grafted into the branches of God’s vine, we’ve all been pruned at one time or another. Can you recall an experience that you recognized God was at work with His pruning shears in your life? How did you feel? Did it draw you closer to God? Could you see more fruit bearing in your life?
FOR DEEPER STUDY
- On the scale of: NO fruit, SOME fruit, MORE fruit, MUCH fruit, ABIDING fruit where do you see yourself? Which fruits of the spirit, in Galatians 5:22, love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, and self-control do you need God to prune, so that you might bear more fruit and be drawn closer to our glorious Lord?
- The old covenant (an agreement between God and His people) is gone with the arrival of Jesus and a new covenant has been issued, that we love one another. With the old covenant it was easy to measure our fruit by simply checking off whether we have obeyed all, some, or any, of the 613 Old Testament commands. The new covenant, to love one another is harder to gage. John 15 explains how we know if we are bearing fruit in conjunction with the new covenant. This week’s message was really a one on one conversation between ourselves and God. It requires us to do some honest self-examination. Read and pray Psalm 139:23 and then set out your pruning shears for God to work in your life this week.