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.