Preacher's Pulpit              Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: John 15:8

SUBJ: Glorifying God

Introduction:
(John 15:8)  "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples."

 1) glorified

     1) to praise, to extol, to magnify, to celebrate
     2) to honor, to do honor to, to hold in honor
     3)to make glorious, to adorn with luster, to clothe with splendor
          a) to impart glory to something, to render it excellent
          b) to make renowned, to render illustrious, to cause the dignity and worth of some person or       thing to become manifest and acknowledged

 2) fruit - what originates or comes from something, an effect, a result:
      a) work, act, deed
      b) advantage, profit, utility
      c) praises, which are presented to God as a thank offering
      d) to gather fruit (that is, a reaped harvest) into life eternal (as into a granary), is used in figurative discourse of those who by their labors have fitted souls to obtain eternal life

 3) Disciple - One that learns or understands.

From this verse we find that as Christians we are to:

1. Gloried God
2. Bear Fruit
3. Be disciples.

These are the very words of Jesus Himself.

But how do we do this according to the Word of God?

How can we fulfill this command of God?

The answer is found in two words: Commitment and Compassion.

Notice them:

I. COMMITMENT

(Phil 3:13-14)  "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, {14}I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

A. Obligation

(1 Cor 6:20)  "For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

B. Practice

(Rom 12:1-2)  "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. {2}And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

C. Dedication

(Phil 3:8)  "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,"

D. This COMMITMENT and that is what Jesus  said in:

(Luke 22:42)  "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."

E. It will be demonstrated in Time, Talent and Tithe!

II. COMPASSION

(Mat 9:36)  "But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd."

A. The LOST

(Mat 9:37-38)  "Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; {38}Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."

1. Need to Pray for
2. Need to Witness to
3. Need to Go after

(Luke 14:23)  "And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled."

4. Need to remember:

(Mat 16:26)  "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

B. The BRETHREN

1. Love for each other

(John 13:35)  "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."

2. Forgiveness to each other

(Eph 4:30-32)  "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. {31}Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: {32}And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

3. Encouragement with each other

(Heb 10:24)  "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:"

a. Consider - behold, consider, discover, perceive.

b. Provoke - an inciting, an incitement

c. Unto Love - Brotherly Love

d. Good Works - beautiful, handsome, excellent, eminent, choice, surpassing, precious, useful, suitable, commendable, admirable
 
    a) beautiful to look at, shapely, magnificent
    b) good, excellent in its nature and characteristics, and therefore well adapted to its ends

         1) genuine, approved
         2) precious
         3) joined to names of men designated by their office, competent, able, such as one ought to be
         4) praiseworthy, noble

    c) beautiful by reason of purity of heart and life, and hence praiseworthy, morally good, noble
    d) honorable, conferring honor
    e)affecting the mind agreeably, comforting and confirming

CONCLUSION: Glorify God, Bear Fruit and Be His Disciples. This is our calling and the only way to do it. Are you bearing or ruining the fruit in God's Kingdom? We are doing one or the other. Why not today come and bear fruit for His glory and honor?

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