MODULE 1 - SPIRITUAL FRUITFULNESS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
We are so happy that you have joined us to study the Word of God! We all have earthly obligations that we must attend to ( and sometimes we just have distractions). However, sometimes we have to choose to take time out, as Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus did, to learn whatever things the Lord wants to impart to us at that point or in that season, or even to hear from Him, clearly; and I commend you for doing just that ( See Luke 10:38-42). (Due Date: Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 @12:00PM EST)
For the disciple and servant of the Lord to understand that personal spiritual growth and productivity in ministering to others ( fruitfulness) are key elements of the Christian experience; and for the disciple/student to understand that lack of personal commitment to this , or being “unprofitable” to the Lord in these major areas, is antithetical ( or contrary) to God’s kingdom
Things To Do on This Week:
- Reading Assignment: Matthew 25:14-30; Mark 4: 1-21; Mark 11:11-19; John 15: 1-9
- Watch the video lecture: “ Spiritual Fruitfulness in the Kingdom of God”
the “Points to Remember” page
- ANSWER the questions for this week’s lesson ; and submit them through the link provided NO LATER THAN 12 NOON EST on Tuesday, Sept. 7,2021 ( 1 day later than usual because of the holiday).
Points to Remember
1. Jesus cursed the fig tree because it bore NO fruit at all.
2. We must CONTINUE in the Word ( continue hearing and walking in , or practicing the Word) to be true disciples of the Lord.
3. In the “ Parable of the Talents” ( in Matthew 25:14-30), the master gave his servants talents ( meaning money, in this case, even though the point of the parable extended beyond money, and included all gifts, abilities, ministries)according to their abilities ( gifts, etc); and two put it good use, gaining more interest or money ( or possibly more giftings, endowments) ; and one “buried” or squandered the money (or what he was given , due to fear); and Jesus called that servant “unprofitable”, and even “evil”.[ More on that later].
**Note: I know that we began to cover some material on “ Eternal Security” ( or the teaching that once a true believer receives Christ as Lord and Savior , they can NEVER” forfeit” their salvation). This isn’t an issue that we will spend much time on at all. Some, understandably, based on a number of Scriptures, hold this view. However, when one looks at ALL Scriptures in the New Testament on this subject, that does not appear to be the case. While salvation through Christ begins at “The new birth”, and is everlasting from that moment on, the living of a lifestyle that is contrary to the Word of God; the acceptance of some false beliefs that lead believers astray; hatred ,etc., can jeopardize the soul of a believer [ for example: John 15;1 Corinthians 5:1-5; 1 Timothy 4:1;Hebrews 6:1-8; Heb.12 and others]. Because this is a more advanced Bible study, we will briefly talk about this topic; because it is not a light matter. It is important to examine what the Word of God has to say about it. However, God is patient and merciful to all of us, beyond measure; and as we will see, if a person is “ bearing fruit” –even “30-fold”- ( which isn’t a lot), it appears that this is “acceptable” to God. However, if some persist in the practice of a sin, they may be judged by God for it, as happened with the young man in 1Corinthians, ch.5, and suffer the consequences of it.**
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