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Good or Bad Fruit

The Great I am, who does that make me  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Luke 6:43–45 ESV
“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Fruit Change is the result of root change
Matthew 23:25–26 ESV
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
Story about kids in the car before going to my sister’s house for dinner.
My heart would be ok if the circumstances didn’t make my heart like this…
“People and situations do not determine our behavior, they provide the occasion where out behavior reveals our hearts.”
Fruit equals behavior. Our words are controlled by our heart.
Roots are underground.
Fruit Change is the result of root change
You look good, really good, but your heart is a mess
Was your dishes at home on the outside and put them away…
Does the pan get dirty because of what is on the inside or what is on the outside
Change behavior but ignore the heart behind the actions.
Example: Counseling
In your life when you want to dis respect your parents
Apple tree in the back yard
Staple fruit to it
“Change that ignores the heart will seldom transform the life. For a while, it may me like the real thing, but it will prove temporary and cosmetic.” Tripp
From a distance we can look good, but what is going on in our hearts
Example: Teenager who goes off to college, forsakes his faith
Problem was that he true heart is revealed.
Did the “Christian” thing at home but his actions did not flow from a heart of
Idols in their hearts
If God isn’t ruling my heart, someone or something else is
Sin leads us to believe that life can be found in something other than the creator.
Christ wants to rule your heart
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