Appointed to Bear Fruit

(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)

Just as those spying out the promised-land carried evidence of its fruit, so those who have tasted Christ’s kingdom are to bear evidence of its fruit. The fruit of the kingdom of Christ is powerful. It demolishes arguments that are set up against the knowledge of God. Believers are appointed to bear fruit.

Speakers notes follow –

Appointed to Bear Fruit

John 15.5-8,16

Appointed by King to bear fruit – that will last

Fruit of Promised Land (Kingdom of Heaven) evidence of character + power

United Kingdom – Reps of King knighted

Knights ‘Sir/Lady’ – Sir Alex/Lady Diana – qualified to represent

People of character + skill – exploits – reliable/loyal

Kneel before king offering head – sword shoulders – from Knight times

Armoured Knights – Sir Richard (Robin Hood) gifted fighters – loyal

At war – represent King of Heaven – bring his rule to earth

‘My kingdom is not of this world’ – challenging Satan not Caesar – our weapons not at this world – ‘Why do come with swords and clubs?’

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor 10.4-5)

Demolish strongholds – bribery, divorce, drunkardness, prostitution, child abuse, occult, false religion, atheism – arguments for evil – against knowing God

USA half marriages doomed – 2.4 mil mar/1-2 mil div

Kenya bribery corruption ‘our way’ – askari to politician – national stronghold

Mombasa – Islam – against salvation in Christ – prostitution

Two Kingdoms – Two types of fruit

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit (Gal 5.19-25)

How do you break strongholds – person by person – mustard seed – yeast

Two bitter – third arrives joyful – bitter talk destroyed – Two unfaithful – third talks faithful – fruit demolishes strongholds – divine weapon – exciting!

Prostitution – convert one – make disciples that make disciples

Our weapons for destroying arguments –

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests (Eph 6. 12-18)

Wear it! Put it on! Apply it – don’t just say it !

Knight doesnt just keep inventory – he wears it!

Truth (no deception/lies) righteousness (applied) readiness (proclaim) faith ( by hearing – fed) salvation (gift applied) prophetic word (heard)

Fruits – set free – years of bitterness / anger / jealousy – make attractive – joy / peace / honesty / humility – better than make up – brings health – heath to family

Kingdom – Love, Joy, peace in Spirit – bring it to family / country

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