Here we are on Day 12, and we’re still steeping ourselves in the first few verses of this amazing chapter. My plan has been to focus mostly on the first half of the chapter, but I’m starting to wonder if this is going to turn into a 45-day study! We’ll see!
If the Father is glorified when we bear much fruit, and if fruit is evidence of our discipleship, we need to know what fruit is! Today we’re going to use Blue Letter Bible for our first word study!
Assignment: Pray that God will change you and your understanding of Him as you study John 15.
- Then open Blue Letter Bible (website or app).
- Search on John 15:2.
- Hover over the blue “Tools” button, and then click the blue “Interlinear” button. This opens a study tool that helps us gain a much better understanding of words used in Scripture. (App users, click “Interlinear/Concordance” in the “Tools” menu.)
The interlinear lists every word of the verse (in KJV) in its left-hand column.
In the next column to the right, we are given the “Strong’s number” for each of those original Greek words. These numbers will lead us to definitions, grammatical information, and other verses that include the same word.
The next column to the right shows us the word in Greek letters along with the transliteration of the word, where the Greek letters have been transcribed into corresponding letters of the English language.
- Click on the Strong’s number for the word fruit.
- Read and take notes on the information given under “Outline of Biblical Usage.” This section tells us the meanings of the word as it is used in Scripture.
- Now scroll down your screen to the section entitled “Concordance Results Using KJV.” Here is a treasure house! This section contains every other verse in the Bible that includes this same Greek word karpos that has been translated as fruit in John 15.
This is what we’re going to read today. Reading these verses will give us a much better understanding of how the word is used in Scripture. It will also reinforce what Jesus is saying in John 15. You’ll be surprised to see how ideas start to fit together as we study these other verses.
- Skim this list of verses, stopping to read those that look most relevant to our study. Note what the word fruit represents in the different verses, and what is being said about fruit. Record your observations and insights in your notebook.
- Many of these verses should be read in their context. To do this, simply click on the verse’s reference and it will open the entire chapter for your reading. Click your browser’s back arrow to return to the list of verses. (App users, click on the verse, then click “See All of _” to open the chapter. Click “Close” when you have finished reading those verses.)
- You will notice that some verses will be repeated almost word-for-word as they appear in the different Gospels. These can be skimmed for any differences.
- Look back over all your notes when you have finished. Can you summarize how the word fruit is used in Scripture? What does it represent? What does it prove? How do these verses relate to our discussion of the trees that don’t bear fruit in John 15:2? What fruit do you think Jesus is speaking of when He talks about bearing fruit?
For your children:
- Start memorizing all or a portion of the chapter today.
- Read a phrase, and then have the children repeat it after you.
- Read two phrases, and have them repeat both.
- Continue adding additional phrases.
- Add motions and gestures for the younger children to help them recall the words.
- Aim for memorizing at least verses 1-11 with your children before the study is over.