Preaching: Romans 11:12-25 Is your faith producing fruit?

Summary: A verse by verse examination of what the book of Romans in the Bible teaches. This message covers Romans 11:12-25 faith that produces fruit.

Speaker: Dr. Michael L. Williams
Date presented: March 2, 2014

Bible References:

Romans 11:12-25 ( KJV ) 12Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?  13For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:  14If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.  15For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?  16For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.  17And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;  18Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.  19Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.  20Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:  21For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.  22Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.  23And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.  24For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?  25For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

James 1:19-22 ( KJV ) 19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 

John 15:1-6 ( KJV ) 1I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  2Every 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.  3Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 

Hebrews 10:31-39 ( KJV ) 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  32But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;  33Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.  34For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.  35Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.  36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  37For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.  38Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  39But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

Mark 4:3-20 ( KJV ) 3Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:  4And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.  5And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:  6But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.  7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.  8And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.  9And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  10And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable.  11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:  12That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.  13And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?  14The sower soweth the word.  15And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.  16And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;  17And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.  18And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,  19And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.  20And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Hebrews 3:8-13 ( KJV ) 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.  10Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.  11So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)  12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 

Hebrews 10:22-25 ( KJV ) 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 

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Dr. Michael Williams

Dr. Michael Williams is a pastor, author, Christian educator and Biblical counselor who has served in ministry since March of 2000. Dr. Mike holds under-graduate through post graduate degrees in Christian Education. Dr. Mike is the Senior Pastor of Selah Mountain Ministries, which he founded in March of 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (selahmountain.org). In addition to counseling, he teaches how to overcome life issues Biblically on topics such as anger management, marriage, addictions, and other subjects typically referred to as mental illnesses. Dr. Mike lives with his wife Pamela Rose and adult daughter Hollie Rose. He and Pamela have other adult children and several grandchildren as well. Visit the About page to learn more about Dr. Mike.