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Course Overview
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UNDERSTAND

PASSAGE PITFALLS PRINCIPLES

APPLY

PROCESSES PRECEPTS

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Introduction
The VINE-BRANCH picture revealed
Christ’s
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deepest
“I am the truedesire for His
vine, and Mydisciples.
Father is
the vinedresser. 2Every 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.
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You are already clean because of the
word which I have spoken to you.
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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. 5I am
the vine, you are the branches. He who
abides in Me, and I in him, bears much
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I.  The Passage
The proper
CHRIST
A. The Vine is Jesus _______ relationshi
p between
“I am the true.vine.” John 15:1a these
B. The Vinedresser is God FATHER. three
the ________
produces
what
“My Father is the vinedresser.” John God
15:1b
wants
C. The Branch isBELIEVER.
the _________ most from
“You are the branches.” John 15:5b every
believer
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D. The Fruit is result of the believer’s …
good _______ FRUIT!
ORKS
“You should go and bear fruit.” John. 15:16b
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I.  The Passage

1. Fruit generally means WORKS


good _______
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And let our people also
maintain good works, to meet urgent
needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
Titus 3:14 CHRIST
2. Fruit can only be produced by
.
those “in _______”
“Every branch in Me” John 15:2a
MOTIV
3. Fruit
E. is a good work done with a
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I.  The Passage

4. Fruit is any action of any believer


that GOD.
pleases _____
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That you may walk worthy of the
Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful
LABOR.
in every good work. Colossians 1:10a
5. Fruit is the result of your effort
and _______
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For to me, to live is Christ, and to die
is gain. 22But if I live on in the flesh,
this will mean fruit from my labor. 8
II.  The Pitfall

II.The Pitfall: Who is responsible to


bear the fruit?
The Misconception: I am not
responsible to bear fruit because
The
GodTruth:
bears Ithe
am fruit.
responsible with the
power God gives me to bear fruit for
Him.

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II.  The Pitfall

A.PRODUCTI
____________ : You have been
appointed to
VE
bear fruit.
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“You did not choose Me, but I chose
you and appointed you that you should
go (present active) and bear (present
active) fruit.” John 15:16a
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“We should bear fruit to God.”
Romans 7:4b
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“Every branch that bears fruit” John
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II.  The Pitfall

B.PARTNER
_____________: You have been
SHIP
empowered by God to bear fruit.
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I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
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Him we preach, warning every man
and teaching every man in all wisdom,
that we may present every man
perfect in Christ Jesus. 29To this end I
also labor (present active), striving
according to His working which works
in me mightily. Colossians 1:28-29 11
Principle #1

Fruit-bearing Principle #1:


Every Believer bears fruit at one of
the Four LEVELS
.
Fruit-bearing ________
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“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. 5I 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.”12
Principle #1

Level 2“Ever
y branchin Methatdoes no
t bear No
#1 fruitHetakes away; Frui
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Level and veerybranch th


atbearsfruitHe
Frui
#2 prunes, t

Level M
thatitma
ybear m
ore fruit. ore
#3 Frui
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Level Hewho abides in Me, andI in h
im,bears M
uch
#4 much rfuit.”John 51
:2,5 Frui
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Principle #1

A. Every believer bears fruit at one


TIMES
of the four levels at all ______
.
B. Every believer is to grow to the
“muchLEVEL
. ______
fruit”
C.EveryMATUR
believer should increase
E.
fruitfulness
as they _________

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Principle #2

Fruit-bearing Principle #2:


Every Believer has been created to
GOD.works
do specific
prepared
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For by _____you have been
A.saved GIFT.
Goodthrough
worksfaith, and that
cannot earn
not of yourselves;
eternal salvation it as
is the
it gift
is a of
_____
God, not of works, lest anyone
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For byboast.
should grace10you
For have
we arebeen
His saved
through faith,created
workmanship, and thatinnot of
Christ
yourselves;
Jesus it works,
for good is the gift of God,
which God
prepared
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not of works, that we
lest anyone should
should
boast.walk in them. Ephesians 15
Principle #2

B. Good works have been prepared


for usADVANC
by
God inE. _________
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For we are His workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus for good works, which
God prepared beforehand. Ephesians
2:10a LIVES.
C.Good works prepared by God is
where we are to focus our ______
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For we are His workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus for good works, which
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Principle #3

Fruit-bearing Principle #3:


Every Believer increases fruit by the
Three Secrets VINE
of the _____
L L
. L L
evel evel evel evel
#1 #2 #3 #4
Secret Secret Secret
No #1 #2 M #3
ore M
Frui Frui uch
t t Frui
t Frui
t

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Principle #3

Secret 1: From “No Fruit” to “Fruit”


TAKES
GodAWAY.
______ ______
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“Every branch in Me that does not
bear fruit He takes away.” JohnPRUN
15:2a
ES.
Secret 2: From “Fruit” to “More
Fruit” God ________
2
“Every branch that bears fruit He
prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
John 15:2b
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Principle #3

Secret 3: From “More Fruit” to


“Much
ABIDE Fruit”
we. ______
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“He who abides in Me, and I in him,
bears much fruit.” John 15:5b

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Conclusion  

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“By this My Father is glorified, that
you bear much fruit.” John 15:8
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Now may our Lord Jesus Christ
Himself, and our God and Father, who
has loved us and given us everlasting
consolation and good hope by grace,
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comfort your hearts and establish
you in every good word and work.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

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Conclusion  

Which basket of
fruits will God find
me in?

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Introduction

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This is a faithful saying, and these
things I want you to affirm constantly,
that those who have believed in God
should be careful to maintain good
works. These things are good and
profitable to men. Titus 3:8

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Process #1

Process #1:
PRIVATE.
Bear fruit through good works that
are _________

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Process #1

A. Bear fruit by your private


DEEDS.
charitable ______
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“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of
righteousness’ before men, to be seen
by them. If you do, you will have no
reward from your Father in heaven.
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“So when you give to the needy, do
not announce it with trumpets, as the
hypocrites do in the synagogues and
on the streets, to be honored by men. I
tell you the truth, they have received
their reward in full. 3But when you
give to the needy, do not let your left
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Process #1

PRAYER
B. Bear fruit by your private
__________ S.
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“But you, when you pray, go into your
room, and when you have shut your
door, pray to your Father who is in the
secret place; and your Father who sees
in secret will reward you openly.”
Matthew 6:6

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Process #1

C. Bear fruit by yourFASTIN


private
_________ G.
“But you, when you fast, anoint your
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head and wash your face, 18so that you


do not appear to men to be fasting,
but to your Father who is in the secret
place; and your Father who sees in
secret will reward you openly.”
Matthew 6:17-18

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Process #2

Process #2
PUBLIC
Bear fruit through good works that
are _______ .

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Process #2

A. Public good works are to be


DISPLAY
purposefully
ED.
___________
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“You are the light of the world. A city
on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither
do people light a lamp and put it under
a bowl. Instead they put it on its
stand, and it gives light to everyone in
the house. 16in the same way, let your
light shine before men, that they may
see your good deeds and praise your
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Process #2

B. Public good works should cause


non-believers
GLORY to
give God
. _______
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Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and
pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts
which war against the soul, 12having
your conduct honorable among the
Gentiles, that when they speak
(present active) against you as
evildoers, they may, by your good
works which they observe (present
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Process #2

C.Public good works require


personal involvement and
SACRIFICE
__________
.
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Pure and undefiled religion before
God and the Father is this: to visit
orphans and widows in their trouble,
and to keep oneself unspotted from
the world. James 1:17
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And let our people also learn to
maintain good works, to meet urgent
needs, that they may not be unfruitful.
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Process #3

Process #3:
PERSON
Bear fruit through good works that
are ___________ AL.

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Process #3

A. Bear fruit in your neighborhood


andMARKETPLA
______________
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DoCE.
not let a widow under sixty years
old be taken into the number, and not
unless she has been the wife of one
man, 10well reported for good works: if
she has brought up children, if she has
lodged strangers, if she has washed
the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the
afflicted,
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good work. 34
Process #3

B. Bear fruit in your MARRIAGE.


family and
__________
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And you, fathers, do not provoke your
children to wrath, but bring them up in
the training and admonition of the
Lord. Ephesians 6:4
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Nevertheless let each one of you in
particular so love his own wife as
himself, and let the wife see that she
respects her husband. Ephesians 5:33
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Process #3

C.Bear fruit by using your gifts in


church
MISSIONS.
and __________
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And let us consider one another in
order to stir up love and good works,
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not forsaking the assembling of
ourselves together, as is the manner of
some, but exhorting one another, and
so much the more as you see the Day
approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
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The Precept

God commands all believers in


Jesus Christ to fulfill their eternal
destinies by devoting their lives
to bear much fruit by doing good
works to the glory of God.

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Conclusion

At Joppa there was a certain disciple


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named Tabitha, which is translated


Dorcas. This woman was full of good
works and charitable deeds which she
did. Acts 9:36

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Conclusion

Now may the God of peace who


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brought up our Lord Jesus from the


dead, that great Shepherd of the
sheep, through the blood of the
everlasting covenant, 21make you
complete in every good work to do His
will, working in you what is well
pleasing in His sight, through Jesus
Christ, to whom be glory forever and
ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

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