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Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)
TITLE: "Who's Fruit Are You?"
By c clemons
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To tell the truth, the pastor was more disappointed with himself. All his preaching and teaching obviously was not making much of a difference in the lives of his flock. The backbiting and gossiping that went on was terrible. He had heard of many indiscretions among the church members, some of who were on the deacon board.
Pastor Ken was at a lost as to what to do. He decided the best thing would be to pray and seek God about it. The next week when he delivered his Sunday message he entitled it, “Who’s Fruit Are You?” The congregation looked at him expectantly. He began by showing them an illustration of a tree. The tree had many branches and many blossoms. He explained that the branches were big and healthy and on them were blossoms that were going to produce fruit. But the branch could do nothing of itself. The tree’s roots held the life of the branch, which in turn held the life of the blossom. Whatever the blossom produces, its source was still the tree.
The pastor went on to explain, that as Christians we are like the branches in the illustration. God is our source or root system and we are in Him and He in us. Our fruit should be what He produces. According to Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV), what he produces is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If we are producing strife, hatefulness, selfishness, unhappiness and not exercising patience, can our root system be of God? So, “Who’s Fruit Are You?” Pastor Ken asked again.
The church was very quiet as Pastor Ken offered an invitation. “I invite anyone who knows in their hearts that the fruit they have been producing is not the fruit of the spirit, but if it is your desire to be more like Jesus, come forth now and let me pray with you.” One by one the entire church came forth and rededicated their lives to the Lord.
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