Notes For FaithPoint

This is a sermon that I preached before planting FaithPoint. I hope that you enjoy it.
Living the Christian Life
Part 1
1 John 1:10
The Christian life is not easy. It is not that you get
saved and everything becomes a piece of cake. 
The day you get saved, you are holy. You are a child of God. We have
talked about that when you get saved; Jesus saves your soul
not your mind. 
To live the Christian life, you must do two things. First, you must love. Love the Lord your God with
all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as
yourself. Second, you must bear fruit. This falls under the
scripture of Galatians 5:22. The fruit of the Spirit. Now,
you will show signs of this fruit if the Holy Spirit truly
dwells in you.

What happens when you leave God? Galatians 5:19 – 21. You
show signs of being carnal. A carnal Christian is a
Christian that has been saved and yet has never grown. They
are what you call a baby Christian. They are on a milk diet
and can not tolerate solid food. It is too much for them.
They have not been trained how to live. Romans 12:2 says
you must change the way you think. They do not know this if
nobody has told them. The carnal Christian only has their
fire insurance. They have no fruit. It could also be that this person was never truly saved.
Luke 13:6 – 9
A tree that bears no fruit is useless. It is not good for
anything except to be used as firewood. Jesus’ ministry
lasted for three years. During this time He preached in
many places. The majority of the people did not change
because they were bound by the law or the old way of
thinking. A tree is cut down because it dies or bears no
fruit. The same happens to an apostate Christian. 
An apostate Christian is either carnal or they lied and were
never saved in the first place. What happens when a person
is cut down? Some people believe that they die. That may be
true in some cases but I believe they have lost fellowship
with God and other Christians.
How do you stay fruitful?
Luke 14:33
Give up everything? The way you talk, the way you think,
the music you listen to, the people you hang with, your
money…everything! Renounce all things and follow hard after Christ.

John 15:1-8
Verse 2 – He cuts off every branch that does not produce
fruit.
A vine is not a tree.
Again we see dead branches are cut off. The vine does not
voluntarily remove branches from itself. The branches stop
producing fruit on their own. Then they are cut off or
severed. God does not leave us. We leave God. Why does a
Christian walk away from God or why does a carnal Christian
not grow. The same reason a branch on the vine stops
producing fruit or the same reason that a tree dies. Not
enough seed. The branches can have an effect on other
branches like rotted fruit.

Bad Apple illustration.
The Word of God is seed. Verse 7 – My words remain in you.
Psalm 119:11 – I have hidden your Word in my heart that I
may not sin against you. We must plant God’s Word in our
heart. Seed makes things grow. No seed, no growth. The seed
is food for the plant. No food, it dies. The same happens
in our Christian lives. No food and we die. Some people
give up because they don’t see instant results in their
life. Nobody said that God was an ATM machine. You have to
keep feeding on God’s Word and feeding and feeding and the
seed will take root in your heart and spread until you
began to bear fruit.

Then in the last part of Verse 7, you may ask any request
you like, and it will be granted. Psalm 37:4 – Take delight
in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desires.
This does not mean God will give you a Lamborghini or a
million dollars. This does not give you the right to be
selfish, gamble or try to cut deals with God. Besides, when
we do that, we never hold up our end of the deal anyways.
God will not bless anything that goes against His Word.
Then you are like "Pastor Jimmy, how do I know if my
desires are God’s desires or if they line up with His Word?"

Simple. When you renew your mind, and that means constantly
renewing your mind, to make it think the way God wants you
to think, then God will change your desires. You will not
desire the things you used to desire. It is like God put a
new taste in your mouth.

McDonald’s illustration…
Verse 8 – My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings
great glory to my Father.
Do you bear fruit? Are you a real disciple? Do you desire
the things of God? Are you hungry to hear His Word?

First off, to be a true disciple, you must be saved, you
have to give up everything and make Jesus the Lord of your
life. If there is one area in your life that you are still
in control of and holding on to, then Jesus is not fully
Lord of your life.

Second, you must bear fruit. Your life must represent Jesus
Christ living in you. You might be saved but…Have you
strayed from the vine of Jesus? Have you been cut off from
fellowship with Him? He is waiting for you to come back.
Start from scratch and renew your relationship with Him.