Fruitfulness = Character and Capacity
“the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world–just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it”
Fruitfulness is the result of the gospel’s work in people & the church. Jesus desires fruitfulness from his people (John 15:16). How do you define fruitfulness? Two words come to mind: Character and Capacity.
1. Character – Jesus’ work in our lives is inside out. From within he hones & shapes our character to bear the fruits of godliness. Galatians 5:22-23 lists some of these – “love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, self-control.”
2. Capacity – This speaks to our desire & ability to bring others into the kingdom. When we cut open a fruit or vegetable, we’re reminded that God placed the ability to make more into every living thing. Every living thing is a package of seeds designed to produce more. Our capacity may be different based upon our personal giftedness, soil conditions around us, & our own obedience, but Jesus’ work in us, should produce in us a desire & ability to share the Gospel with others.
Fruitful Christians grow in character & capacity. Show Jesus by the fruit of a godly life & share Jesus with others to grow the kingdom.
Bridge Church is currently studying the New Testament book of Colossians in a series called Focus. We meet on Sunday mornings, 10:30am at the Maritime Museum in Madisonville. Join us this Sunday as we talk about expanding our personal capacity for fruitfulness.