Anyone can do good deeds. You don’t have to be a Christian to have good works in life. But we do need the Holy Spirit to bear good fruit. What’s the difference? Spiritual fruit. John chapter 15 is about believers abiding in the Vine in order to bear good, lasting fruit that glorifies God.

Also, what’s the difference between quenching the Spirit and grieving the Spirit.? We’ll discuss this today, as well as how a Christian is to be continually yielded to the Lord in order to be “filled with the Spirit.”

TODAY’S GUESTS:

Preston and Kelly Condra are the founders of Sufficient Word Ministries. Its purpose is to edify, increase, and equip the church using the grace-through-faith power of the Holy Spirit found in God’s sufficient written word.

Preston Condra, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has preached in churches across the United States, and served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Christian colleges and seminaries.

Kelly Condra is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in psychology and education, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Master of Science degree in education and clinical counseling. Authors of several Christian books including By Which We Are Saved, Papa Let’s Talk, and Bearing Fruit or Living Barren.

Christians are called to not become weary in well-doing, but feeling wearied is what often results when dedicated believers face the opposition of the world and the devil day in and day out, as well as complacency among many in their own congregation.

Bearing Fruit or Living Barren defines and explains the doctrines of Christian spirituality in the clear and concise manner. It is loaded with fully quoted scriptural references to enable the reader to learn as a “Berean.” 

​Beginning by explaining the distinctions between the natural man, the spiritual man, and the carnal man, Preston and Kelly Condra show the reader how to recognize his own spiritual condition and to rightly adjust himself to the Holy Spirit. The reader learns what spirituality is and is not; As Christians, we know we are to be Christlike, and yet we might wonder, “I am still the same me with the same thoughts, wants, and flaws, so how do I do this?”

Learning about the character of spiritual fruit facilitates ongoing discernment regarding one’s spiritual condition so the Christian can walk more consistently and mature in faith. Bearing Fruit of Living Barren is a foundational discipleship book, teaching Christians HOW to do things as to the Lord, by accessing His boundless grace, through faith in His sufficient word.

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SCRIPTURES

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit;  My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples… You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain; John 15:1-3, 8, 16

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him; Colossians 2:6

Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise prophetic utterances. 21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

James 1:14-18, Philippians 2:13, 1 Corinthians 2:12-14