BIBLE STUDY FOR THE
NAVIGATORS OF GHANA YOUTH CAMP 2019
THEME: Bear Fruit!
Theme Verse: John 15:16
I am the real Vine and my Father is the farmer
John 15:1 (MSG)
A vine is planted solely for the sake of its fruit. There are many sorts of vines, each with its different sort of fruit. When a vinedresser plants a vine or a vineyard, he selects the type that produces the desired fruit. The fruit will be the manifestation of his purpose. When God planted the Heavenly Vine, it was that its fruit might bring life and strength to dying men. The very life of God, which man had lost by the fall, was to be brought back to Him by Christ from heaven; Christ was to be to us the True Tree of Life. In Him, the True, the Heavenly Vine, in His Word and work, in His life and death, the life of God was brought within reach of men; all who should eat of the fruit should live forever.
More wonderful still, Christ’s disciples should not only eat and live, but in turn become fruitbearing branches. The Divine life entering into them should not only dwell in them, but also assert its life-giving power so that it should show itself in the fruit they bear for their fellow men. As truly as the Heavenly Vine, all its branches receive the life of God. In Christian work a great mistake is often made. The difference between work and fruit is overlooked. Under a sense of duty or from an inborn love of work, a Christian may be very diligent in doing his work for God, and yet find little blessing in it. He may think of gratitude as the great motive of the Christian life, and not understand that though that may rouse the will, it cannot give the power to work successfully. We need to see that if work is to be acceptable and effective, it must come as fruit; it must be the spontaneous outgrowth of a healthy, vigorous life, the Spirit and power of Christ living and working in us. And that power can only work freely and effectively in us as our main concern is to maintain the relationship to our Lord close and intimate. As He streams His nature into us, our work will truly be the fruit the Vine bears. [Adapted from The Fruit of the Vine by Andrew Murray]
Part 1: It all begins with Jesus!
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
1. Who is the true vine and who is the gardener? John 15:1
2. Who are the branches? John 15:5
3. What does the gardener do to fruitless branches and what does He do to fruitful branches? John 15:2
4. Did Jesus really mean that God will cut off unfruitful branches? (Briefly discuss in your group. See Luke 13:6-9).
5. What does the pruning in John 15:2 mean?
6. How can one bear fruit? John 15:4.
7. Can an unbeliever or one who is not a follower of Christ bear fruits? John 15:4.
8. What is required for the branches to be fruitful? John 15:3-5
9. What is required for the branches to be fruitful? John 15:3-5
10. What is one distinguishing mark of a disciple of Christ? John 15:8
Part 2: It's all about Jesus
- What kind of person is compared with a fruit-bearing tree in Jeremiah 17:7-8?
- Read Psalm 1:1-3
- What marks a person who is fruitful in and out of season?
- What kind of environment will enhance the believer’s fruit-bearing capacity? (see 2 Tim 2:22)
- What may “taking root below” as a perquisite for “bearing fruit above” mean as seen in Isaiah 27:6, 37:31 2 Kings 19:30?
- List the fruit of the Holy Spirit from Galatians 5: 22. Describe them in your group.
- Take note of the word of the “fruit” used in the verse. Why do you think the scriptures used the singular form and not the plural?
- Read 2 Peter 1:3-8
- From verses 3 and 4, by what means has God made us capable to live a godly life?
- What command is found in verse 5?
- What are some of the fruit of the Holy Spirit found in verses 5-7?
- From this passage, how does the bible describe those who are not growing in the fruit of the Holy Spirit?
- What assurance does God give the godly? Isaiah 3:10
- Read Mark 11:12-14. What can we say about Jesus’ attitude towards unfruitfulness?
- Read Isaiah 5:1-7
- What were the favourable conditions the vineyard had to enable it to be fruitful? (verses 1, 2a)
- What goal did the owner of the vineyard have in mind for providing all that he did for the vineyard? (verse 2b)
- Did the vine bear fruit or not? (verse 2b)
- What kind of fruit did the vineyard bear? (verse 2b)
- From verse 5, what did the owner do to the vineyard?
- What similarities do you see between Isaiah 5:5 and John 15:2?
- What does this teach us about God’s position on fruitfulness? How concerned is God about the kind of fruit we bear? What will happen to those who do not bear good fruit?
- Can you relate to the statement in this verse? Rom 7:15
- What solution can we find in Rom 7:25? (see Titus 2:11-12)
- Read Revelation 3:14-16, 20.
- Who is speaking? (verse 14)
- Who is He speaking to? (verse 14)
- How does the speaker describe them? (verses 15-16)
- Are the people Jesus is referring to believers or unbelievers? What does this tell us?
- From Rev 3: 20, what is His attitude to believers who are not living in a way that pleases Christ?
- Can we rely on the good works of our parents, the reputation of the church we belong to or the reputation of our family to claim a good name for ourselves without any evidence of godly character? Matthew 3:8-9
- According to Psalm 92:12-14, what is the reward of the godly? Is there a point at which one does not need to bear fruit anymore?
- What is the consequence of unfruitfulness? Matt 3:10, Luke 3:9
- What does “fruit” signify in Matt 7:20?
- What reason does Paul give for preaching that we believers should live godly lives? Eph 4:1
- In what ways can we live our lives to show that we are living a life worthy of the calling we have received? Eph 4:2-3
- What is the danger in preaching Christ and operating in the gifts of the Spirit without growing in character? 1Cor 9:27
- What personal responsibility do we have as children of God to make sure we are not disqualified? 1 Cor 9:27
- Whose attitude should we emulate from the verse Phil 2:5?
- How can we practically achieve this? (You may read from Phil 2:6-8 and discuss and share practical applications)
- Why is it so important for us to grow in becoming like Christ? Col 1:15, 2:9
- What is the quality of fruit Jesus encourages his followers to bear? John 15:16
DISCLAIMER: Your growth in the fruit of the Holy Spirit does not determine your acceptance with God, either in eternal salvation or in day-to-day standing with Him. We are simply SAVED BY GRACE.
Part 3: It's all for Jesus
1. Read Matthew 28:18-20?
a. What charge is in this text?
b. Who is this command given to?
c. What does the task demand? To make disciples, not converts.
d. Are you obeying this command?
e. How do you plan to start obeying it or enhance your efforts to do more?
a. What promise have we received in Acts 1:8?
b. What do the different places mentioned in this verse mean to you? (i.e. Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, the ends of the earth)
c. In Acts 1:8, Jesus tell his disciples that they will be His witnesses. What does it mean to be a witness? What are some of the other roles we erroneously play instead of being witnesses?
a. Name some of the ministries we find in the church?
b. According to 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, what ministry has every believer been called to?
For apart from Me, you can do nothing.
– Jesus Christ
4. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-7, state in bullet points what the gospel message is.
5. Why should we be excited about the gospel? Rom 1:16, Luke 15:7
6. Who does Proverbs 11:30 and Daniel 12:3 refer to as wise? What is the reward of such people? What does it mean?
7. What is the goal of telling people of the good news of Christ (evangelism) and helping people grow in Christlikeness (discipleship)? Col 1:28, Ephesians 4:11-16 (with emphasis on verses 13, 15)
8. Why should we take up this task and what should we do additionally to taking up this task? Matt 9:37, Luke 10:2
9. What if you have only one person to disciple? Isaiah 60:22
1. Hark, the voice of Jesus calling,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting,
Who will bear the sheaves away?”
Loud and long the master calls you;
Rich reward he offers free.
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I. Send me, send me”?
2. If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus;
You can say he died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
With the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Savior’s waiting arms
3. If you cannot be a watchman,
Standing high on Zion’s wall,
Pointing out the path to heaven,
Offering life and peace to all,
With your prayers and with your bounties
You can do what God demands;
You can be life faithful Aaron,
Holding up the prophet’s hands.
4. Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do,”
While the multitudes are dying
And the master calls for you.
Take the task he gives you gladly;
Let his work your pleasure be.
Answer quickly when he calls you,
“Here am I. Send me, send me!
This is a beautiful hymn that reminds us and spurs us unto the charge our Lord Jesus Christ gave us as His disciples. In your group, choose one of the verses of this hymn read and discuss what you have learned from it.
The text of scripture found in Luke 4:18-19 is Jesus’ mission statement. In light of all we have learnt, what is yours? Write it down.
The human life in Christ should be nothing but a surrender to His love to be used in saving and blessing men.
[These last few questions were adapted from the LIC Capacity Building Workshop 2019]
Let’s look at how Jesus did it. Read John 4:1-42
a. Read John 4:1-9 and identify all the difficulties Jesus encountered in his evangelistic efforts.
b. Which of these difficulties do you encounter in your evangelistic efforts?
c. Are there any other barriers that keep you from evangelising? Share with your group.
a. From verses 7-27, how did Jesus evangelise the Samaritan woman?
b. Share some practical ways in which you can apply Jesus’ method in your evangelistic efforts?
a. From verses 28-30, 39-42, how did the Samaritan woman respond to her encounter with Jesus?
b. What resulted from her evangelistic work? (see verses 39-42)
c. What must be the focus of sharing one’s personal testimony in our evangelistic effort?
d. Name two people you can share your personal testimony with this week.
REFLECT AND PRAY: If Jesus died for you, is living for Him too much to ask?