Summary: This is a sermon on faithfulness through fruitfulness
1.Every person has been placed here on earth for two reasons.
a)To know God in your heart personally.
b)To obey God with your life.
2.Salvation’s path goes like this:
a)A union, a communion, and a reunion.
3.God’s measuring rod that signifies this union.
T/S Three truths that gives evidences that God’s measuring rod for salvation is obedience.
[I] Define fruit bearing(v.15)
1. Fruit bearing is being obedient to God’s commands.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
[II] The result of the failure to bear fruit (be obedient)is a lost joy.
1.Many saints lose joy, happiness, obedience.
a) Many get saved but never get busy.
2.Notice the necessary connection in being obedient, bearing fruit.
a) From verse 4- 10, “Abide” is used 9 times.
“Abide” (GW) = continue, remain, stay, terry.
3.What does abiding mean? (3 things)
FIRST: It means a constant studying of God’s Word.
a) The Word has the power to change us.
Notice the phrase, “ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” When we abide in God’s Word, our earthly lusts turn into spiritual desires.
(Mat 4:3-4 KJV) And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
SECOND: It means doing the work of God.
a) Doing God’s works brings glory to Him.
(Mat 5:14-16 KJV) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
(1 Cor 6:19-20 KJV) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
THIRD: It means being in the will of God.