Layer 3–Food, Faith, Fruit

Transformed living (and your interaction with the North Central Church) boils down to three key elements: FOOD (on which we feed and grow); FAITH (by which we respond to God); and FRUIT (with which we demonstrate the Spirit’s work in our lives).

FOOD refers to the sources of spiritual nourishment God provides for his people … the essential “food groups” on which disciples feed and grow. God recommends a balanced spiritual diet that will help us grow strong and true as disciples.

FAITH refers to our response to God and the food he provides. FAITH is how we “digest” God’s food in healthy ways. Do we believe his teachings? Do we obey his commands? Do we trust his wisdom and way?

When God’s FOOD meets our FAITH, the result will always be spiritual FRUIT. FRUIT refers to the tangible effects of the Spirit’s work in our lives, the evidence that we are being transformed into the image of Christ by the power of the Spirit. The Spirit will change the way we relate to God, to each other, and to the world. FRUIT is the proof of those changes.

As individual disciples, then, our challenge is to grow deep in God’s nourishing soil, grow strong in faith, and grow rich in the Spirit’s fruit. This is how we “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:13). This is how we grow from tiny sprigs to massive oaks.

As a church, our challenge is:

  • to provide simple, consistent access to the FOOD God has provided to help disciples mature in Christ
  • to provide support and encouragement as disciples grow strong in their FAITH
  • to provide opportunities for the Spirit to grow godly FRUIT in our lives.

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