FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT Sermon Illustrations

Higher Praise - Guitar Chords, Lyrics  GuitarTabs -  Praise nad Worship Music And Christian Songs

  Lyrics Guitar Chords Tabs
  Lyrics Chords Tabs By Title
  Lyrics Chords Tab By Artist
  
Popular Lyrics, Chords Tab   Power Point Lyrics
  Christmas Lyrics
  Praise & Worship Songs
  Audios, Praise & Worship
  Videos Praise & Worship
  Midis Praise & Worship
  Praise Worship Questions
  Videos Christian Songs
  Outlines & Illustrations
  9344 Sermon Outlines
  N.T. Sermon Outlines
  O.T. Sermon Outlines
  Special Guest Outlines
  10.000 Illustrations
  Free Bible College Studies
  Sunday School Studies
  Greatest Preachers Profiles
  400,000 Clipart & Graphics
  Church Resource Links
  Audio & Video Sermons
  2895 Audio Sermons
  291 Special Guest Sermons
  85 Sermon Videos
  Videos Of Great Preachers
  Complete Audio Bible
  Childrens Study & Movies
  Children's NT Lessons
  Children's OT Lessons

  98 Children's Midis
  Gospel For Kids Movie
  Children's JESUS Film
  Christian Children Videos

  TV - Movies & Videos
  Christian Television
  Passion Of The Christ
  Christian Movie Library
  Prophecy Movies & Videos
  712 Praise Worship Videos
  JESUS Film -Movie
  Childrens JESUS Movie
  Gospel For Kids Movie
  85 Sermon Videos
  Noah, Sodom, Sinai, Ark
  15,000 Videos - Songs Films
  Praise Videos #1 & #2
  Testimonies
  Tsunami Videos Photos
  TBN TV Live

  Download Songs Sermons
  Audio Praise & Worship
  Audio Sermons
  Clipart & Web Graphics
  Church Administration
  Bible Study Software
  Screen Savers Software
  Verse A Day Software
  Educational Games
  Trade Center Photos
  Christian Software Search
  Info. Clipart Preach Study
  Praise Worship Questions
  Free Bible College Course
  400,000 Clipart & Graphics
  10.000 Illustrations
  Greatest Preachers Profiles
  Complete Talking Bible
  Family Christian Chat

  Prayer For All Needs
  Our Statement Of Faith 
  News, Submit Your News
  Current News
  Archived News
  Submit News
  News Letter
/
  Interact, Prayer & Submit
  Prayer For All Needs
  
Submit Lyrics, Sermons
  
Contact Higher Praise
  
Advertising
  Privacy Policy
'
0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
.

//
Click For Plain Text...Version Of This File
 

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT


Sermon Illustrations

FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

Every Christian will bear spiritual fruit. Somewhere, sometime, somehow. Otherwise that person is not a believer. Every born-again individual will be fruitful. Not to be fruitful is to be faithless, without faith, and therefore without salvation. Having said that, some caveats are in order. 

ONE, this does not mean that a believer will always be fruitful. Certainly we can admit that if there can be hours and days when a believer can be unfruitful, then why may there not also be months and even years when he can be in that same condition? Paul exhorted believers to engage in good works so they would not be unfruitful (Titus 3:14). Peter also exhorted believers to add the qualities of Christian character to their faith lest they be unfruitful (2 Peter 1:8). Obviously, both of those passages indicate that a true believer might be unfruitful. And the simple fact that both Paul and Peter exhort believers to be fruitful shows that believers are not always fruitful. 

TWO, this does not mean that a certain person's fruit will necessarily be outwardly evident. Even if I know the person and have some regular contact with him, I still may not see his fruit. Indeed, I might even have legitimate grounds for wondering if he is a believer because I have not seen fruit. His fruit may be very private or erratic, but the fact that I do not see it does not mean it is not there.

THREE, my understanding of what fruit is and therefore what I expect others to bear may be faulty and/or incomplete. It is all too easy to have a mental list of spiritual fruits and to conclude if someone does not produce what is on my list that he or she is not a believer. But the reality is that most lists that we humans devise are too short, too selective, too prejudiced, and often extra-biblical. God likely has a much more accurate and longer list than most of us do. Nevertheless, every Christian will bear fruit; otherwise he or she is not a true believer. In speaking about the Judgment Seat of Christ, Paul says unequivocally that every believer will have praise come to him from God (1 Corinthians 4:5). 

Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, Victor Books, 1989, pp. 45-46.


What is fruit? Actually the question ought to be phrased in the plural: What are fruits which a Christian can bear? The N.T. gives several answers to the question. ONE, a developing Christian character is fruit. If the goal of the Christian life may be stated as Christlikeness, then surely every trait developed in us that reflects His character must be fruit that is very pleasing to Him. Paul describes the fruit of the Spirit in nine terms in Galatians 5:22-23, and Peter urges the development of seven accompaniments to faith in order that we might be fruitful (2 Peter 1:5-8). Two of these terms are common to both lists: love and self-control. The others are joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, virtue, knowledge, endurance, piety, and brotherly love. To show these character traits is to bear fruit in one's life. TWO, right character will result in right conduct, and as we live a life of good works we produce fruit (Colossians 1:10). This goes hand in hand with increasing in the knowledge of God, for as we learn what pleases Him, our fruitful works become more and more conformed to that knowledge. When Paul expressed how torn he was between the two possibilities of either dying and being with Christ or living on in this life, he said that living on would mean fruitful labor or work (Philippians 1:22). This phrase could mean that (1) his work itself was fruit, or (2) fruit would result from his work. In either case, his life and work were fruit. So may ours be. THREE, those who come to Christ through our witness are fruit. Paul longed to go to Rome to have some fruit from his ministry there (Romans 1:13), and he characterized the conversion of the household of Stephanas as the first fruits of Achaia (I Corinthians 16:15). FOUR, we may also bear fruit with our lips by giving praise to God and thankfully confessing His name (Hebrews 13:15). In other words, our lips bear fruit when we offer thankful acknowledgement to the name of God. And this is something we should do continually. FIVE, we bear fruit when we give money. Paul designated the collection of money for the poorer saints in Jerusalem as fruit (Romans 15:28). Too, when he thanked the Philippians for their financial support of his ministry, he said that their act of giving brought fruit to their account (Philippians 4:17, KJV). 

Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, Victor Books, 1989, pp. 49-50.


At the Sudan Interior Mission Kijabe Medical Center, SIM medical missionaries Bob and Marion Bowers recently treated a young man with a paralyzing snake bite and saw him live long enough to accept Christ as his Savior. In many Third World countries, snake bites are common--and fatal. For four days, the young man remained unconscious. Under normal circumstances he would have died the day of the snake bite. But on the fifth day he miraculously woke up. That afternoon a group of students from Moffat Bible College came to the hospital to share the gospel with the patients. After hearing the words of truth, the man accepted Christ as his savior. At midnight, he had cardiac arrest and died. 

Harvest, Summer, 1991, Vol 1, #1.


 
 
 
HigherPraise, Higher Praise, HigherPraise, Higher Praise, HigherPraise
  15,000 Videos & Movies
  Sign Up |.Upload | LogIn?
  15,000 Videos Movies Song
/
 
 
  Higher Praise Other Sites
    HigherPraise.org/
Praise And Worship
www.higherpraise.org

HigherPraise.net
Christian Resources
www.higherpraise.net

ChristianLyrics.org

Lyrics And Chrords
www.christianlyrics.org

ChristianChordsLyrics

Lyrics And Chrords
www.christianchordslyrics.com

ChristianChordLyrics

Lyrics And Chrords
www.christianchordlyrics.com

WorshipLyrics.org
10.000 Illustrations
www.worshiplyrics.org

WorshipLyrics.net
10.000 Illustrations
www.worshiplyrics.net

PraiseLyrics.com
PowerPoint Lyrics

www.praiselyrics.com

PraiseLyrics.org
PowerPoint Lyrics

www.praiselyrics.org

1GodTube.com
Chistian Videos

www1godtube..com

OneGodTube.com
Chistian Videos

www.onegodtube..com
/
Copyright 2014, Higher Praise™ HigherPraise™,Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Use