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Fruit | Week 3: Faithfulness

There is never a doubt in our minds that God will keep his promises. He always has and he always will. We say, “God is faithful!” That is something that we depend upon, rely on, and take refuge in. Do our friends, family, coworkers and neighbors, consider us to be faithful in this same way? The fruit of the Spirit is all about how we interact with other people. Producing good fruit has to do with our human relationships more so than our relationship with Jesus. Good fruit is certainly a reflection of that relationship and commitment to God but it is more about us taking on the characteristics of Him.  Producing good fruit is the evidence that we are being (trans)formed by the Holy Spirit. Just as we say that God is faithful – we too should consider faithfulness as something paramount to becoming like Jesus. Can we be trusted to do what we promise that we will do?

 

READ 1 Corinthians 4:17

 

For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church. 

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

 

Why does Paul count on Timothy? How would you describe his nature?

 

How does that connect his faithfulness?

 

What’s the link between our relationship with Jesus and how it shows up in our lives?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read Galatians 5:19-21

 

1. We may call this the fruit of the world.  What leads to this type of fruit?

 

2. Consider Romans 12:2. Discuss the role of the Holy Spirit in “being renewed.”

 

John 14:15-17

 

3. What is the major difference between the believer and the nonbeliever?

 

4. How does this difference relate to all of the scriptures discussed so far?

 

Read Proverbs 11:30

 

5. How does producing good fruit save lives/souls?

 

6.  How can being known as someone who is faithful impact other people who we encounter?

 

7. Differentiate between having faith and being faithful. Is there a link or relationship between the two?

 

Read 2 Corinthians 3:18

 

8. Describe how embracing the message of the Gospel leads us to becoming more like Jesus?