FULFILLING GOD’S PURPOSE FOR OUR LIVES: • What is God’s purpose for us? (Consider Jh 15:1-8.) • What is His goal? What kind of values should we have? • What is the very purpose of our existence? A. We Might Have Fruit-Bearing in Daily Life: 1. The fruit of the Spirit, so our lives may manifest Christ. (Gal. 5:22-23) • Love -- the basis of any relationship. • Joy -- the result of our relationships. • Peace -- the result of all correct relationships, (because of forgiveness, restitution, restoration in any and all relationships). • Long-suffering -- (or patience) -- the maintenance of relationships. • Gentleness -- the right attitude in relationships. • Goodness -- the outgoing blessing of all our relationships. • Faith -- the means of relationships. • Meekness -- the submitted will to make relationships precious. • Self-control -- the personal inner control that makes relationships harmonious and blest. 2. The fruit of witnessing, (soul-winning) so the lost come to Christ. (See Acts 26:16-19 and consider Psa. 126:5-6.) • To open their eyes, • to turn them from darkness to light, • to turn them from the power of Satan unto God, • that they may receive forgiveness of sin, • they may have inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Christ. 3. The results of the Holy Spirit’s work in us and through us! (Acts 1:8) • As bold witnesses, (Acts 4:29-33; 20:19-21; 18:10) • As consistent witnesses, (Acts 4:19-20; 5:28-29; 5:42) • As suffering servants, (if need be, Acts 5:40-42; 9:6, 15-16; 15:25-26) • As seed sowers, (I Pet 1:23; Matt. 13; Lk 8; Mk 4, parable of the sower) • As disciple-makers -- (Matt. 28:18-20) The verb is to make disciples, the going , baptizing and teaching them to observe all things is done as a result of making disciples. These are related to the main verb . . . to make disciples! Conclusions: • The nature of the seed, the nature of the Word, the nature of GOD will be reproduced in the life of the believer. If that does not happen, there is a major problem in the life of the believer. • The fruit is the very character of God. • When Jesus came to earth, he lived his life. What he saw his Father do is what he did. (Jh 14:10-11). • What Christ heard his Father say is what he said. • Jesus was in total submission to the Father. • As a result of that submission, the Father manifested his character in Jesus. • Jesus came to earth, not only to die for us, but also to manifest the character of the Father so that people could see what God is like. • Fruit bearing is the nature of Jesus. Bearing fruit is Jesus Christ manifesting his character in our lives. • God has given to us -- the Word of reconciliation and the ministry of reconciliation ( II Cor. 5:18-20). • What is life all about? Bearing fruit, being fruitful both in the inner life and outwardly toward those who are lost. • When your life is bearing his fruit, you are bearing his life. You do not produce the fruit, he does. You bear it! (Jh 15:1-8) • We cannot produce the fruit for that is HIS work in us. We can only bear the fruit which he produces in us and through us. (Matt. 13:23) If we are not bearing fruit -- we had better find out why!