What Does Your Fruit Look Like? – Sermon Notes

 

Last time I had the opportunity to preach there was a hurricane on its way to Jacksonville.  Last week I was supposed to share this sermon and an even bigger hurricane decided to come start for us.  Coincidence?  I think not, God always has a plan for everything that is happening in our lives.  I hope that everyone finally has power again and didn’t suffer any major damage.  I would love to hear your stories after service.

 

Please bow your heads and close your eyes.  Lord we come before you to open our hearts to Your word.  Lord as this storm has passed we thank you for protecting us and keeping us safe.  We pray for those that don’t have shelter and are trying to survive on the streets of Jacksonville.  Jesus we need more of You and less of us.  Please be with us today as we learn more about You and Your ways, in Jesus name, Amen.

 

Have you ever had a message so powerful that you didn’t know how to deliver it?  The message that God has placed on my heart for today is that type of message.  But before we jump into that, let me tell you a short story about another man that many of you should already know.  That man is Paul Revere, he too had a message of great importance that needed to be said.

 

In 1775 – On the night of April 18th and 19th, Paul makes his famous Midnight Ride to Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British are marching to arrest them. Along with William Dawes and other riders, he warns the countryside of the British march. He witnesses the “shot heard ’round the world” as fighting breaks out in Lexington.  Some say that Paul was shouting “the British are coming”, but others think he was shouting “the Red Coats” are coming.  Either way, he had the inside information that could save thousands of lives.

 

Now, can you think of anyone else who has such a powerful message that needs to be told to everyone in this world?

 

That person quite simply is YOU!

 

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

 

Who is the whole creation?  Does that mean go home and tell your dog?  Absolutely not, but that does mean tell your friends, tell your neighbors, even tell random people that you don’t know but God has placed in your path.

 

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 

When I was originally writing this message I had tweeted this just the day before, “Imagine if everyone gave excuses about why they couldn’t spread the gospel and expected someone else to do it?  Sow seeds, don’t wait for others.”

 

1.     Definition of seed – a flowering plant’s unit of reproduction, capable of developing into another such plant.

 

What is the purpose of a farmer? The Business Dictionary tells us that a farmer is an individual whose primary job function involves livestock and/or agriculture. A farmer takes all the necessary steps to ensure proper nourishment of the items that he raises and then sells the items to purchasers.

If nobody wants to be the farmer then who will grow the food?  How will we eat?  How will we stay alive?  Can you imagine a world where you had to grow and plant your own food?  Now that would be a tough place to live.

Genesis 1:29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.”

So with God doing this He knew we had to eat.
I love food,
I love to eat food,
I love to cook food,
I love to look at food.
Right now I wish there were cupcakes on my table instead of apples.

Lord, thank you for blessing us with food to feed and nourish our bodies.
Let me take this tangent now, if you guys don’t know how to cook then you need to start learning.  One day you will be living on your own and if you don’t learn today then you won’t know how to cook for yourself when the time comes.

Apple Demo

1 Corinthians 15:36-38 You foolish person! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.

I want to zoom in on a key phrase from this Bible verse.  “What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.”  That apple seed has to die in its current shape and form in order for the roots to be released and the plant to emerge from the soil.

Can anyone think of another Bible verse where you have to die before the new can come?
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Let me leave you with this final thought.  Many will tell you that we should be producing fruit.  What happens when there is no more fruit?

If there is NO fruit then there can be NO seed.

If there is NO fruit then there can be NO seed.

Bow your heads and close your eyes.  Is there anyone in this room who is struggling to see fruit in their life please raise your hands?  Lord, right now I pray for these young people.  I know You want to do so much more with their lives and are only waiting for them to submit their lives to You.  I pray right now Lord that you work on their hearts, soften their hearts to receive Your love and guidance on how to live their own lives according to Your word.  Lord use each of them to be a beacon of light for the lost.  Help them to become great farmers that are not afraid to sow seed into the land because they know that You alone Lord have the power to decide which seeds die and which seeds grow.  Be with us each day as it comes, in the name of Jesus we pray, amen.

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