Examen week 4 – fruitfulness

I experience fruitfulness on my frontlines.

God invites us to experience fruitfulness in the places where we are planted. We have started to use LICC’s language of frontlines – a place where we are often, where we get to know people around us and are involved in some sort of activity or work. A frontline could be a workplace or school, a home or neighbourhood, a club or social group you spend lots of time with.

Fruitfulness is not just about looking for opportunities to tell people about Jesus. Its about discovering how to live with purpose in those place, staying connected to Jesus and so bearing fruit.

LICC talk about 6Ms of fruitfulness. Together these give a holistic impression – fruitfulness looks like:

  • Modelling godly character
  • Making good work
  • Ministering grace and love
  • Moulding culture
  • Being a Mouthpiece for truth and justice
  • Being a Messenger of the gospel

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

May the Father who loves us, the Son who sends us
and the Spirit who empowers us be with us and bless us,
Wherever we go, whatever we do, whoever we’re with,
To His praise and glory, Amen.
from ‘The One About’ by Mark Greene. © LICC Ltd, 2018.

Ponder

Where do you spend most of your time. How do you feel about describing these places as your frontlines?

What are you most grateful and least grateful for about these places?

Read the description of fruit in Galatians 5: 13-23. How might your life display more of God’s fruitfulness?

Take some time top read through the list of 6Ms. Can you spot ways you are already doing these things on your frontline.

Is there one of the 6Ms that intrigues you, that you don’t quite understand or that you want to learn more about?

Try This

Take some time to watch LICC’s 6M people. Notice what these stories prompt in you. How do they inspire you to embrace fruitfulness on your frontline. If you want to go further you could try the 6MOT. https://licc.org.uk/ourresources/6m-people/

Map out the places where you spend most of your week and the people you often meet there. Spend some time praying for those places, ask the Holy Spirit to help you be fruitful in those places.

Think about some of the people you encounter on these frontlines. Spend some time praying for them.

Talk with someone (perhaps in your community) about your frontlines. Tell them something about the challenges and opportunities you face there. Ask them about the places they spend everyday life and pray for each other. Are there any ways you could serve or encourage each other as you seek fruitfulness?

Continue a ‘try this’ practice you found helpful last week.