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Kingdom Fruit - Dr. John Stanko - August 19/20

Matthew 21:43. - “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”

But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go – Acts 17:5-9.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do – Ephesians 2:10.

Point to Remember: Every citizen of the Kingdom of God is expected to produce fruit.

  1. Jesus came preaching the Kingdom, not church; the disciples did the same – Matthew 4:23.
  2. He took great pains to explain what the Kingdom was like, for the Jews were looking for a political kingdom to be established – John 18:36.
  3. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus told ten parables to help the people understand the spiritual nature of the Kingdom – Matthew 13:3; 13:24; 13:31; 13:33; 13:44; 13:45; 13:47; 18:23; 20:1; 22:2.
  4. Of the ten, the parable of the sower is the most developed and explained.
    • “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” – Matthew 13:18-23.
  5. In a sense, the parable of the sower could be referred to as the parable of the soils. You have roadside soil, rocky soil, weedy soil, and good
  6. You must pay attention to and treat your soil.
  7. Why is soil preparation so important? It is important because you are expected to bear fruit.
    • “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you” – John 15:16.
  8. Fruit is not doctrine; fruit is not services attended; fruit is not the things you do not
  9. Therefore, what is fruit in your life? How do you define it?  How do you measure it?

Point to Remember:  Every citizen of the Kingdom of God is expected to produce fruit.