TOPIC: Bearing Fruits That Will Abide [Sunday, 10th June 2018]
MEMORY VERSE: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” – John 15:16 (scroll down for SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN)
BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 16:1-5
1 Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
There is need for an extra spiritual effort on the soul saved to get them established, localised in a church fellowship and mobilised until they too become soul winners. The Master did not just command us to bear fruits but that the fruits may abide (John 15:16). There is nothing compared to the worth of a soul won into the kingdom of God (Luke 15:4-7).
1. Fruit-bearing is a must for the believer
2. Abiding fruit is Christ’s command
FRUIT-BEARING IS A MUST FOR THE BELIEVER
The primary purpose for our election into the family of God is to go forth and bear fruits (John 15:16; Romans 7:4). Failing to carry out this instruction may be disastrous in that it may lead to an eternal loss of fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:1-2; Matthew 3:10).
It is wise therefore to watch on possible causes of unfruitfulness which may include: wiles and devices of the wicked one, tribulations and persecution, worldliness (Matthew 13:18-22). It is important to note that these causes may not be due to a personal fault, yet this type of attitude may incur the Lord’s disappointment for failing to invest life’s resources (Luke 13:6-9; 19:20).
ABIDING FRUIT IS CHRIST’S COMMAND
Jesus ordained the believers not only to bear fruits but also to ensure that the fruits last (abide) (John 15:16). In order to achieve this therefore, efforts must be geared towards conceiving, maturing and multiplying of the fruits (Colossians 1:28). An essential tool in the hand of the Holy Spirit to achieve this is the man/woman sold out to the ministry of follow-up of the souls. Biblical examples include the early Apostles particularly Paul (Acts 2:46; 15:36; 16:5; 18:18-23; Ephesians 1:15-18; Philippians 2:19-20). The principles adopted include spending quality time in prayers and Bible study with souls as led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is pleased to increase the work of grace in a life when our trust and confidence in God is expressed in the new convert to suitable and appropriate truths in the Holy Bible (Acts 2:41-47).
The Lord’s command is that all born again Christians should bear fruits and more importantly that the fruits should abide. Having examined some basic principles, it is only worth it to put into practise all taught in this lesson. Call on the Holy Spirit today and He will help you in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1. What is the Lord’s command concerning fruits bearing?
2. Mention some dangers in fruitlessness.
Click to read previous RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual June 3rd, 2018 Lesson 40 — Fishing For Men’s Soul
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day, Thy friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?