What God Calls Fruit!




  1. Luke 13:6-9 The Parable of the Fig Tree
    1. The Lord Jesus Christ seeks fruit from every member of every church in His kingdom.
    2. He will cut down those members without fruit after a space of time for repentance.
    3. For a full exposition and application of this parable of Jesus, see “Cut It Down.”
  2. John 15:1-11 Disciples Bear Fruit and Have Full Joy
    1. Fruitbearing requires abiding in Jesus Christ, which is believing and obeying Him.
    2. Branches that do not bear fruit are taken away, withered, and burned in judgment.
    3. Branches that do bear fruit are pruned, so that they will bear more fruit to God’s glory.
    4. God is glorified through much fruitbearing, which is the true mark of disciples indeed.
    5. The lesson of fruitbearing in this passage is to the intent disciples might have full joy.
  3. II Peter 1:5-15 Fruit and Its Benefits Are Listed
    1. Here are eight things that Peter carefully defined as fruit to prove election and heaven.
    2. If these things abound in a man, it proves he is fruitful in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
    3. If these things are lacking in a man, at best he is a carnal Christian with a worldly view.
    4. Therefore, great diligence should be given to bear these confirming proofs of election.
    5. Therefore, God’s ministers should make frequent mention of these things to all saints.
    6. Faith. This is the complete confidence and trust in God and His promises that enable a believer to resist doubts and fears and zealously obey God’s commandments regardless of difficulty or opposition. See Hebrews 11:1,6; Rom 4:17-21; Eph 6:16; James 1:2-4.
    7. Virtue. The noble strength and moral purity to do good and right at all times, like the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31, whose husband entirely trusted her in all things. See Prov 31:10-31; 12:4; Ruth 3:11; Phil 4:8; Acts 17:11; Matt 5:8; Jas 1:27; I John 3:3.
    8. Knowledge. The increase in understanding of God, His word, righteousness, and wisdom to approve excellent things in holding the truth and conforming more perfectly to His will. See Phil 1:9-11; 3:10; Col 1:9-10; Eph 1:18; 5:17; Rom 12:2; I Cor 14:20.
    9. Temperance. The self-discipline and self-control to rule your body and passions in order to avoid those lusts of the flesh and eyes that lead to sin against the Lord. See I Cor 9:24-27; Galatians 5:23; Titus 2:2,11-12; Luke 9:23; Philippians 4:5; Acts 24:25.
    10. Patience. The ability to cheerfully endure and survive negative events in your life to remain calm and committed to the course of action prescribed by God for you. See Luke 21:19; Romans 5:3-5; 15:4-5; James 1:2-4; 5:10-11; Col 1:11; II Thess 1:4.
    11. Godliness. Religious sobriety with commitment to conform entirely to God’s character and will for your life in contrast to worldliness or other compromise with sin. See Matt 5:43-48; II Cor 7:10-11; I Tim 4:7-8; 6:3-6; II Tim 3:5; Titus 2:12; Heb 12:28-29.
    12. Brotherly kindness. The positive aspects of love, in which effort is made to help and serve others with acts of hospitality, kindness, support, warning, and true friendship. See John 13:35; Rom 12:10; Col 3:12; Ep 4:32; I Tim 6:17-19; Heb 13:1; Acts 4:32-37.
    13. Charity. The negative aspects of love, in which a person forbears, forgives, and overlooks the offences caused by others to maintain peace and unity in a relationship. See Matthew 5:43-48; I Peter 4:8; I Cor 8:1; 13:4-7; 16:14; Eph 4:2; Col 3:13-14.


What Men Call Fruit!

What God Calls Fruit!

Getting new names in the Book of LifeFaith (II Pet 1:5; Gal 5:22)
Giving candy bars to fill your church busVirtue (II Pet 1:5)
Using “40 Days of Purpose” each yearKnowledge (II Pet 1:5)
Getting your 3-year-old to accept JesusTemperance (II Pet 1:6)
Singing in the youth choir or praise bandPatience (II Pet 1:6)
Getting any degree from a Bible collegeGodliness (II Pet 1:6)
Having other people think you spiritualBrotherly kindness (II Pet 1:7)
Being an usher and taking the offeringCharity (II Pet 1:7)
Getting annual pins for church attendanceLove (Gal 5:22)
Using the Great Commission to live in ParisJoy (Gal 5:22)
Teaching for $5/hour at a Christian schoolPeace (Gal 5:22; Jas 3:18)
Learning the pledge to the Christian flagLongsuffering (Gal 5:22)
Playing the xylophone for junior churchGentleness (Gal 5:22)
Being early to every single church serviceGoodness (Gal 5:22)
Dressing your child better than the othersMeekness (Gal 5:23)
Getting all your kids baptized before age 5Righteousness (Eph 5:9; Jas 3:18)
Signing-up a full team for church softballTruth (Eph 5:9)
Teaching AWANA to replace Boy ScoutsThanksgiving (Heb 13:15)
Choosing to be a pastor as your professionGiving to the poor (Rom 15:28)
Wearing a WWJD bracelet to the mallHoliness (Rom 6:22)


Popular Sins that Offend God

Fruit that Stops Those Sins

Sexual fantasiesHoliness, Righteousness, Virtue
Personal revengeLove, Charity, Longsuffering, Peace
ComplainingThanksgiving, Patience, Peace, Joy
Pride and conceitMeekness, Righteousness, Holiness
DepressionFaith, Patience, Temperance, Joy
ExaggeratingTruth, Virtue, Righteousness
HypocrisyGodliness, Righteousness, Truth
Ungodly speechHoliness, Thanksgiving, Goodness
Bitterness and grudgesLove, Charity, Patience, Longsuffering, Peace
Drunkenness or gluttonyTemperance, Virtue, Holiness, Righteousness
Sexual defraudingBrotherly kindness, Gentleness, Goodness
Railing on governmentGodliness, Righteousness, Truth
CovetousnessFaith, Patience, Thanksgiving
Dishonoring parentsVirtue, Godliness, Righteousness, Holiness
Ungodly televisionVirtue, Godliness, Truth, Holiness
SlothfulnessTemperance, Godliness, Righteousness,
Anger and wrathTemperance, Patience, Gentleness
Jealousy and envyLove, Charity, Brotherly Kindness, Peace
Wifely rebellionVirtue, Temperance, Charity, Peace
Overbearing parentPatience, Charity, Longsuffering, Gentleness