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The Test of Fruit

Hebrews 6:4-12

Sunday Blessing

Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD, or declare all his praise?


– Psalm 106:1-2

Rejoice!

Come and stand before your Maker

Full of wonder, full of fear


Come behold His power and glory

Yet with confidence draw near


For the one who holds the heavens

And commands the stars above


Is the God who bends to bless us

With an unrelenting love!


Rejoice!

Come and lift your hands

And raise your voice

He is worthy of all praise


Rejoice!

Sing the mercies of your King

And with trembling

Rejoice!


We are children of the promise

The beloved of the Lord


Won with everlasting kindness

Bought with sacrificial blood


Bringing reconciliation

To a world that longs to know


The affections of a Father

Who will never let them go!


Rejoice!

Come and lift your hands

And raise your voice

He is worthy of all praise


Rejoice!

Sing the mercies of your King

And with trembling

Rejoice!


All our sickness all our sorrow

Jesus carried up the hill


He has walked this path before us

He is walking with us still


Turning tragedy to triumph

Turning agony to praise


There is blessing in the battle

So take heart and stand amazed!


Rejoice!

When you cry to Him

He hears your voice

He will wipe away your tears


Rejoice!

In the midst of suffering

He will help you sing!


Rejoice!

Come and lift your hands

And raise your voice

He is worthy of all praise


Rejoice!

Sing the mercies of your King

And with trembling

Rejoice!


And with trembling

Rejoice!


Father You Are All We Need

Our Father, Who in heaven reigns

How great and mighty is Your name


Your kingdom come

Your will be done

Now here on earth as is above


O, give to us our daily bread

And keep our hungry spirits fed


May all our satisfaction be

In You Whose grace has set us free


Give us hope, give us faith

Help us trust in Your guidance

From the depths of Your grace

You have richly provided


Thank You, thank You

Father, You are all we need

Father, You are all we need


Forgive us all our trespasses

As we forgive when sinned against


Though evil seeks to hide Your face

We fix our eyes on You by faith


Give us hope, give us faith

Help us trust in Your guidance

From the depths of Your grace

You have richly provided


Thank You, thank You

Father, You are all we need

Father, You are all we need


Give us faith

Help us trust in Your guidance

From the depths of Your grace

You have richly provided


Thank You, thank You

Father, You are all we need

Father, You are all we need


Father, You are all we need

Father, You are all we need


We lift You high above all names!

Your kingdom will forever reign!

To You, the glory and the power

Forevermore!


We lift You high above all names!

Your kingdom will forever reign!

To You, the glory and the power

Forevermore!


The Test of Fruit

Hebrews 6:4-12

Big Idea

The fruit of our lives is the evidence of whose we are. 


Hebrews 6:4-12

For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.


Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things – things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.


THIS IS THE WORD OF THE LORD:

THANKS BE TO GOD!


False Fruit

We don’t shy away from hard teachings in the Bible, God put them there for a reason: it is always best to interpret hard passages in light of everything else that has already been said and will be said.


Scripture teaches that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ...

– Philippians 1:6


Scripture teaches that nothing in life can ever separate true believers from the love of God in Christ...

– Romans 8:38-39


Scripture teaches that the golden chain of God’s purpose is not thinning out toward the end, but that the very same people who are foreknown, foreordained, called, and justified, are also glorified...

– Romans 8:29-30


Scripture teaches that believers are kept by the power of God through faith unto final salvation and for an incorruptible inheritance...

– 1 Peter 1:4-5


Scripture teaches that true believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption...

– Ephesians 4:30


Scripture teaches that apostates were never true members of Christ because otherwise they would not have fallen away...

– 1 John 2:19


Jesus taught that it is impossible to lead the elect astray...

– Matthew 24:24


Jesus teaches that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day...

– John 6:40


Jesus teaches that I know my sheep and they follow me, and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand...

– John 10:27-28


Once enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, shared in the Holy Spirit, tasted the goodness of the word of God, and powers of the age to come...

– Hebrews 6:4


Parable of the Four Soils

The sower sows the word. And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.

– Mark 4:3-20


For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened...

– Hebrews 4:2


Good Fruit

As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

– 2 Corinthians 7:9-10


You have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, Abba! Father! The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs– heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ...

– Romans 8:15-17


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control...

– Galatians 5:22-23


But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

– Hebrews 10:32-35


No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man...

– 1 Corinthians 10:13


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Is He Worthy?

Do you feel the world is broken?

(We do)

Do you feel the shadows deepen? 

(We do)


But do you know that all

The dark won't stop

The light from getting through?

(We do)


Do you wish that you

Could see it all made new?

(We do)


Is all creation groaning?

(It is)

Is a new creation coming?

(It is)


Is the glory of the Lord to be

The light within our midst?

(It is)


Is it good that we

Remind ourselves of this?

(It is)


Is anyone worthy?

Is anyone whole?

Is anyone able to break the seal

And open the scroll?


The Lion of Judah

Who conquered the grave!


He is David's root

And the Lamb who died

To ransom the slave!


Is He worthy? Is He worthy?

Of all blessing and honor and glory?


Is He worthy of this?


He is


Does the Father truly love us?

(He does)

Does the Spirit move among us?

(He does)


And does Jesus, our Messiah, hold

Forever those He loves?

(He does)


Does our God intend

To dwell again with us?

(He does)


Is anyone worthy?

Is anyone whole?

Is anyone able to break the seal

And open the scroll?


The Lion of Judah

Who conquered the grave!


He is David's root

And the Lamb who died

To ransom the slave!


From every people and tribe

Every nation and tongue


He has made us a kingdom

And priests of God

to reign with the Son!


Is He worthy? Is He worthy?

Of all blessing and honor and glory?


Is He worthy? Is He worthy?

Is He worthy of this?


He is! He is!

He is! He is!


He is worthy! He is worthy!

Of all blessing and honor and glory!


You are worthy! You are worthy!

Of all blessing and honor and praise!


You are worthy of this!


Psalm 145

I will bless You

All of my days, Lord

I will praise You always

My God and King


I will bless and

Honor Your name, Lord

Always and forever

My soul will sing


Such a vast

Unsearchable greatness!

Great is Yahweh

Worthy of all our praise


Let Your people

Sound through the ages

All Your awesome works

Till the end of days


We have seen Your 

Splendor and glory

We have seen Your wonders

And stand amazed


Every tongue will

Echo Your story

Everyone will sing of 

Your righteous ways


O, let

All that lives

Ever bless His name!


All that You have made

Lord, will praise You

All Your saints will worship

In joyful strain


Praise the Lord

Who ransoms and rescues

Praise the God of glory

Who ever reigns


He is holy, judging the wicked

Guarding those that love Him 

And fear His name


All that call out 

Yahweh is with them

He will hear their cries

He is strong to save!


He upholds the one 

Who is stumbling

Lifting up those burdened

With heavy loads


Opening His hand to the hungry

Blessing all that look

To their Lord in hope!


He is tender 

Toward His creation

He is faithful

Gracious in all He does


Great is Yahweh, full of compassion

Slow to anger, filled with

Unfailing love!


O, let

All that lives

Ever bless His name!


O, let

All that lives

Ever bless His name!


O, let

All that lives

Ever bless His name!



Blesséd assurance!

Jesus is mine!

Oh what a foretaste

Of glory divine!

The heirs of salvation

Purchased by God!

Born of His Spirit

Washed in His blood!


Sending Blessing

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.


– 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24