How to be Fruitful
The second part in our new series in Colossians
Each week, we’re producing notes, discussion points and application questions for the Sunday talks from our ‘Jesus Changes Everything’ series — helping you go deeper into everything we’re looking at together and resourcing our Small Groups during the week. Use the embedded player to listen to the talk, or click here to download it on a PC.
Key Passage: Colossians 1:3–8
A life centred on Jesus is characterised by faith, love and hope:
- Faith in Jesus, who is the Father’s gift to us
- Love for God and each other — the response of enjoying His love for us (1 John 4:19)
- Hope for the future — living with an eternal perspective.
Faith, love and hope are the fruits which the gospel bears as it is proclaimed. This gospel is the ‘word of truth’ from the Father, about the Son, spoken in the power of the Spirit.
As we hear and understand the grace of God declared in the gospel, it bears fruit (faith, hope and love) and increases inside us. So, if we want to know God better, if we want to enjoy Jesus more, if we want to grow in faith and hope and love it must be by continuing to take in the gospel. We never move on from there.
This is the grace of God — the gift of His Son, communicated by His Spirit, who leads us in all truth, taking what belongs to Jesus and makes it known to us (John 16:13–14).
- What aspect of Sunday’s talk stood out to you?
- How do we see God as Trinity through this passage and what does that tell you about God?
- What is the good news of the gospel?
- What is the ‘hope laid up for you in heaven’? How does the Christian hope differ from that of any other worldview?
- What is faith? What is love? What is hope?
- How do we grow in those things? What affect do they have on our lives?
- What does it mean to have the ‘word of truth’ increase within us, bearing fruit?
- How can we encourage each other in faith, hope and love?
About the World
- How are fruitful Christians good news to the world?
- How do people around us tend to understand the gospel? What common assumptions are made?
- How can we communicate the gospel as it really is, in word and in action?