BRANDED Cert. Christ Follower (4/4): Bearing Fruit

What a way to end this series.

John 15:8 says,

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

I am glad Jesus has described our relationship with Him in a biotic level: bearing fruit. He never explained it in a technocratic way; like machines.

Yet the challenge still remains: bear much fruit! Without it, we are as good as dead. To be cut-off. Thrown into the fire.

But if we bear fruit, we still have to be cut. Cut in a different way- to be cut-clean. I don’t have time to talk about pruning in viticulture, but that’s how the Word of God managed to illuminate it beautifully.

I want us to understand though that we as branches, don’t produce fruits. Yup, you heard me. We never produce fruits. It is the vine that produces the ability for the branches to bear fruits. Therefore, we can safely say that, we are like racks where fruits are hanged. Branches don’t have the capability to come up with fruits.

So, how can we, as branches, not just bear fruits, but bear much fruits? I am glad you asked: abide in the Vine. Just stay in there. You may be feeling the ‘heat’ (cutting) from the Gardener, remain anyway.

Since John 15:1 said this in red letters: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” Then you know what I mean when I say ‘abide in the Vine’.

So, which one do you like? To be cut-off or to be cut-clean? Branches that are bearing fruit need to be cut clean so they may bear ever more fruit. Yield to the pruning. God knows what He is doing. Remain connected with the Vine. The fruits will follow.

When that happens, people will start to see something. The bible described several aspects of fruits… to you my dear readers… would you please tell us some of the these fruits that are expected to be seen in us as Christ followers? Feel free to join in the discussion…

Well, let me reword it. If being a Christ follower is a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Ouch..

Don’t be burdened. It’s a privilege. Bearing much fruit is not for your sakes. It’s for the glory of our Father in heaven.

Wow. Let me continue to bear much fruit then.

Glory to God!

9 responses to “BRANDED Cert. Christ Follower (4/4): Bearing Fruit

  1. hi! pastor ferdie…the message last sunday was really good…when you leave the question about “if christianity is a crime is there enough evidence to convict me?” i was suddenly in silence and pause for a while…God brought conviction to my heart and made me realized of my flaws lately that affects my walk to God…His goodness leds me to repentance at that moment….thanks for the nice exhortation…you are really an anointed pastor…may God bless you more and continually expand your teritory…God bless you po….

  2. thanks mich..
    m glad to know that the Holy Spirit moved and touched ur heart..
    God bless u more n more..

  3. hey pastor ferdie, whasup? 🙂

    i attended the morning service last sunday and the message really spoke to me. ang galing how “bearing fruit” really wrapped up the entire series. similar to what mich said earlier, i realize that i wasn’t exactly “living up” to the brand name. to paraphrase pastor julius a week ago, i wasn’t being a good endorser. thankfully, God brought me back to my senses. 🙂

    i’ve just attended the victory weekend a few weeks ago and it’s just amazing how timely all the events are: the baptism + the preaching series. 🙂 everything’s just so exciting. the walk is just starting and i feel like i’m growing more and more and more each day. 🙂

    thank you for your constant encouragement to all of us! we’re all so blessed 🙂 God bless you and your family abundantly!

  4. u r welcome, karess..
    God bless u abundantly..

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  8. Pastor,

    Why is that Jesus said “bear much fruit” instead of “bear much fruits” as what you’ve said? and why is it that in Gal. 5:22 Paul said “The FRUIT of the Spirit”? why did he use singular?

  9. You you should change the webpage subject title BRANDED Cert. Christ Follower (4/4): Bearing Fruit “it’s all ’bout DISCIPLESHIP, genius!” to more better for your blog post you make. I loved the post all the same.

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