Fruitfulness

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In John 15:16, Jesus said: "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."

Here Jesus is teling His disciples that He chose them specifically, and that He chose them for a purpose - to bear fruit. What a joy it is to experience the blessing of fruitfulness in our lives. But with the blessing comes responsibility. In Ephesians 4:1, Paul said, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called." I can't think of a better way to walk worthy of our calling than to demonstrate fruitfulness in our walk.

1. List the nine characteristics that Paul labeled as “fruit" in Galatians 5:22-23.
  a) b)
  c) d)
  e) f)
  g) h)
  i)  

2. I think it is totally appropriate that the first fruit listed in this verse is .
  This fruit encompasses all of the fruit named that follow. It might even be said that the eight terms that follow are just describing what the first fruit looks like in action..

Consider how fruitfulness will look in the life of someone who is walking worthy of the calling.

3. Patience (or longsuffering) is calm endurance, especially when a problem is caused by another person, based on the certain knowledge that God is in control. How can we demonstrate patience?
  a) Proverbs 14:29
   
  b) Proverbs 15:18
   

4. Faith is the act of believing in and trusting God, without wavering - even in the night season when we can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  a) We can stir up our faith, by reminding ourselves of times in the past when God helped us through a sticky situation. How did David do this in 1 Samuel 17:34-37?
   
  b) The faith of the Apostle Paul comforted hiim in times of tribulation, because he knew ... (Rom. 8:28)
   

5. A good biblical definition of meekness is strength under control. Many associate meekness with an attitude of allowing everyone to run over you because you are afraid of them. But some of the strongest men in the world have been meek.
  a) This man was a great leader. He stood up to the most powerful leader in the world, Pharaoh Ramses. Who was he? (Numbers 12:3)
   
  b) Jesus could stand up to the winds and the waves. He also chased the moneychangers out of the temple twice with a whip. And yet in Matthew 11:29, He said, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am
   

6. When we see people who are caught in sin - like the woman at the well, like the woman caught in the act of adultery, or like Zacchaeus, how are we to respond? (Galatians 6:1)
 
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