Christ’s repeated references to “fruit bearing” in John 15 underscore God’s purpose to be glorified, not by praise and worship alone, but also by his followers bearing much fruit in their lives. This fruit comes to expression through personal transformation, love and service to others, and participation in the work of Christ’s church.
The goal of our Bible study is to encourage women of all ages to know and love God more fully by becoming better readers of the Bible. God’s “breathed out” word (2 Tim. 3:16) is meant to continually inform and transform us, but our view of what the Bible primarily is determines how we interpret and apply it. If we view the Bible primarily as a book of timeless principles for living, then the focus would be on what the Bible says about us. If this is the extent of our view of the Bible, we would miss the fullness and richness of the Bible as primarily about God – the revelation of His character and purposes. In our Bible study groups, we seek to help one another engage with Scripture from God’s perspective, understanding that it is a unified story of God’s redemptive plan in history culminating in and centered on the reign and rule of Jesus Christ. It is as we prayerfully look into the pages of Scripture and there find Christ – that we abide in the Vine. The Bible comes alive with rich application as we see that all its various strands and literary parts are connected to form a cohesive whole. We also find that as those united by faith to our crucified and risen Savior, we can find our place in redemptive history. It is our hope and prayer that God would use these groups to cause each of us to continually overflow with praise, worship and much fruit as we love, serve and counsel others in every sphere of influence and in every season of our lives.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
— Philippians 1:9-11