Jesus tells us that we are commanded to bear much fruit (John 15:8).
But if fruit is to come from our lives, we must ask what kind of fruit is it and how are we going to produce it.
In this episode we examine the life of a Christian and what it means to bear much fruit—and in so doing reveal the biblical secret that Jesus tells us is required if we desire to have the Christian life and produce fruit.
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Show Notes / Additional Resources
- John 15:8 – My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit …
- Galatians 5:22-23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
- John 15:1-5 – I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
- 2 Peter 1:3 – … as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, …
- What Kind of Fruit?
- Converts (evangelism and discipleship)
- Character (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control)
- What is the secret to producing much fruit as a Christian?
- Abide (meno) – remain, rest, holding tight to, refusing to depart
- Pruning – allow the Spirit to sanctify your life and make you holy (removing everything that is dead and doesn’t have life, Jesus, within it)
- Life in the Spirit (podcast episode 74)
- Abiding Fruit (by Andrew Murray)
- You Are the Branches (by Andrew Murray)
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NRJohnson (Nathan Johnson) is a Christian who has an overwhelming passion for Jesus, the Gospel, and Studying God’s Word. He is a writer, teacher, and communicator who helps other believers understand and apply the Bible as they grow and mature in their faith—desiring that they gain greater intimacy with Christ, experience the victorious Christian life, and transform the world through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Read more about him here.
The Deeper Christian Podcast is the podcast to help you study God’s Word, know Jesus intimately, and discover how you can build your life around Jesus Christ. This weekly audio program, hosted by NRJohnson, dives into Scripture and encourages Christians to keep their focus upon Jesus Christ—equipping believers in how to study the Bible and know God’s Word, grow in their spiritual lives, and change the world. Main discussion topics center around practical advice on Christian living, Bible study, prayer, the Gospel, freedom from sin, evangelism and how to share your faith, the Christian disciplines, and the lives and messages from the Christian heroes from yesteryear such as A.W. Tozer, Charles Spurgeon, Major Ian Thomas, Oswald Chambers, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom, C.T. Studd, George Müller, Andrew Murray, Leonard Ravenhill, E.M. Bounds, and others. Learn more about the deeper Christian life.