At the bottom of this article is the Bearing Fruit Leader Guide: a guide to weekly D-Group discussions about the book that you will be reading together. Bearing Fruit contains eight chapters that will help you understand the fruit a disciple bears.
We suggest you use this with your Discipleship Group (D-Group). If this is your first D-Group, it will provide you a great ending point describing the fruit you and your group will bear. If you are a D-Group veteran, you will find this to be a resource that is reusable for future groups, as well.
The process is simple: each week, you will read one chapter in Bearing Fruit and answer the corresponding questions in your Leader Guide or a journal. Bring those answers to your group meeting to pose the questions to your D-Group participants to encourage discussion. You will also be memorizing Scripture together–one passage per week. It is recommended that you keep a record of all the passages you memorize so that you can refer to them as you need to throughout the remainder of your year.
The goal of this Leader Guide, as with all the Replicate resources, is twofold: to encourage you to grow closer to each other as you grow towards Christ. We here at Replicate hope that, through this process, you grow to see the fruit of Christ’s finished work in your life.
Bearing Fruit: What Happens When God’s People Grow
Why are so many Christians stagnant in their faith? Why do we often live as though the gospel stops at the moment of conversion?
The good news of Jesus doesn’t stop the moment we get saved. In fact, salvation is only the beginning of God’s work in our lives. We often view salvation as the ending point; it’s really the beginning point. The gospel of Jesus doesn’t only justify us; it sanctifies us. When we receive the Holy Spirit at salvation, an incredible work begins to happen in us: we begin to bear fruit. When we are firmly planted in the gospel and committed to growing in Christ, He produces in us the fruits of the Spirit, the marks of a true Christian.
In Bearing Fruit, Robby Gallaty walks us through the life of the Christian. Biblical, intentional, and practical, Bearing Fruit points our hearts to the gracious God who called us, justified us, and is now sanctifying us by the work of his Holy Spirit.