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How To Be Ineffective and Unfruitful

There is nothing more disturbing than being around individuals who profess to be Christians, but they never throw a punch for Jesus. Never. Somehow they simply flow along with everybody else. There is hardly any dust raised where they are; there are hardly any souls saved where they are. What’s their secret? What is it that makes these individuals so ineffective and unfruitful?

How To Be Ineffective

Fruitlessness is actually a result of ineffectiveness. Ineffectiveness is a result of not being busy about the Lord’s work.

Ineffectiveness is a result of not being busy about the Lord’s work.

It is a sad reality that many Christians are ineffective in their knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Greek word that is used here – ‘argos’ – can be translated as lazy, or idle, or useless. In other words, it’s referring to individuals who are inactive; they are indolent in how they steward what is given to them.

The Secret To Being Unfruitful

On the other hand some believers are unfruitful in their knowledge of Jesus Christ. This time the Greek word ‘ákarpos’ that Peter uses, can also be translated as barren or unproductive. Like a mango tree which appears healthy but does not bear fruit in season.

Fruitlessness is actually a result of ineffectiveness.

What is the cure for ineffectiveness and fruitlessness in the Christian life? Quite simply, growing up as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, we can actually see the fruitfulness and effectiveness of our Christian lives. Do you help those in need around you? To you have a positive impact on the people you live with? Do you inspire others to investigate living for Christ?

Listen to Conrad Mbewe as he urges us to look at our lives and behaviour. Are you ineffective? Are you unfruitful? Maybe you need to wake up and ask Jesus to save you.

Christian, Grow Up!

This sermon is part of Conrad Mbewe’s sermon series in 2 Peter 1Christian, Grow Up! The focus is on a string of imperatives for spiritual growth that Peter delivers to all Christians. Of course the first step is to have faith. But on this foundation we must build with quality materials in order to mature as Christians. Peter commands us to add virtue to faith. Then to add knowledge to our virtue and temper our knowledge with self control. Peter calls us to add steadfastness and resolve as we journey with Christ. Next we were told to add godliness to all these qualities and to add love for the saints (or brotherly affection) to all of this.

At each stage we are growing and developing – all the better to serve our heavenly Father

The last command is to show love. At each stage we are growing and developing – all the better to serve our heavenly Father and persevere in our walk with Christ. First we need to understand what Peter means by the word love. Then why we must love our non-Christian neighbour.

In this sermon Pastor Conrad illustrates that the result of nurturing these qualities is to bear spiritual fruit. If you neglect this growth, you will inevitably be ineffective and unfruitful.

Text: 2 Peter 1:8

Date preached: 26 April 2020

Location: Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

Transcript
Editors’ note: 

Please note the sermon audio begins from timestamp 2:22 due to quality issues. There is a full transcript of the sermon if you click the + button above.

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