July 2021 Devotion

Antioch Baptist Church

130 1st St.

Albertville, Alabama 35950




John 15:16
Fake Fruit

* Jesus has ordained that true believers bear fruit

* If you are truly saved you will bear the fruit of a Christian.

* That fruit will be a product of the Holy Spirit that abides within a true believer. 

Gal. 5:22-25  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. [24] And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [25] If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

* John chapter 15 lists and describes 3 stages of fruit bearing Christians.

Beareth fruit...Jn. 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, 

Bring forth more fruit... Jn. 15:2  he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Bringeth forth much fruit...Jn. 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: 


Phony Christians Bearing Fake Fruit:

* We live in a world today filled with phony Christians that bear the fake fruit of false professors.

* Our world is filled with artificial perfection and sometimes it looks the same as the real thing.

* The fake stuff looks so real now that it’s hard to tell the difference anymore.

* Examples: Food; Decorations; Money; Video Games

* It’s sad, but not only is the (man-made) and artificial filling the world, it has also begun to fill the church. Our churches are now filled with fake Christians.

* These fake Christians are so good at being fake that if you don’t do a thorough investigation of their fruit, even the very elect can be deceived by them.

Mt. 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Lu. 13:6  He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

Jn. 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.



Rev. J.R. Childers