In Isaiah 55:11, God categorically declares: My word… which goes forth from My mouth…will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah isn’t the only inspired spokesperson to give us God’s guarantee about the fruitfulness of our proclamation. David told us in the Book of Psalms, “Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:5-6). And the Apostle Paul echoed that confidence when he told the Corinthians that our labors in the Lord are never in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Regardless of the method – whether through a tract or a song, through a sermon or during a one-on-one conversation at a Starbucks Café -- whenever the message is shared in an accurate and truthful manner, God’s word never returns void.
But the fruit that God’s word brings forth is the fruit that God wants it to produce. Too often, we predetermine the fruit that we want to see. And when we fail to see the fruit that we decided our efforts should produce, then we jump to one of three devasting conclusions: Either we’re doing something in the wrong way. Or, God is a liar. Or, God’s promise is good for everyone else, but not for me. We can avoid the doubts, the hand-wrenching and the self-accusations if we acquaint ourselves with what the Scriptures teach us about the range of fruit that God brings forth whenever His Good News is proclaimed. Once we’re acquainted with those fruits, we should never be crippled by discouragement.
This webinar will focus upon six fruits that are produced whenever God’s message is shared. The fruits of:
The vindication of God’s righteousness
Sharing God’s compassion for the lost
Keeping our hands clean and our consciences clear
Conformity into the image of the Lord