“Is Your Fruit Sweet or Sour?
A Teen Girl’s Guide to Christian Living”
A 12-chapter, topical KJV-based Bible study series is developed for young women. The study addresses the common issues that young adult women face and encourages them to maintain a God-honoring testimony.
Topical study, useful for individual and/or small groups. Each chapter is broken down into three sub-sections of questions, with available room for answers to be written in. The reader will need a Bible to look up answers and verse references.
Some questions are open-ended, requiring the reader to note their personal response. The influences and issues (“weeds”) discussed include: Hypocrisy, Contentment, Wrong Influences, Purity, Selfishness, Peer Pressure, Authority Issues, Having the Right Responses and Tame Your Tongue. Salvation, Spiritual Growth and Witnessing are additional chapters focusing on Christian growth.
A “What Kind of Fruit Are You?” quiz is included and useful as an introductory session for discussion and awareness.
Who might benefit?
Ages pre-teen through adult will benefit from this product. It can be used as Sunday school curriculum, teen group lessons for Christian ministry, mother/daughter devotionals. It is written at a basic level, so even a young believer would benefit from its content.
What Comes Out of You When You’re Squeezed?
Having the right responses
Flashback: I’m 15 years old and my mother, who has just
had major abdominal surgery, is depending on me to help
with meals, housework, and babysitting during her recovery.
My reaction? Not good. Instead of recognizing the experience as an opportunity to show my dependability, I complained about all the fun I was missing out on. And, to make matter worse…gulp…I wrote a letter to my mother expressing those bitter feelings!
I didn’t realize that my attitude was the by-product of a high pressure situation (a.k.a. stress). My social live, my personal life, my (fill-in-the-blank) life, was being squeezed with inconveniences and demands not chosen by me. And what came out of me was sour juice! A positive, cooperative response would have honored my parents and pleased the Lord. My negativity showed a spirit that lacked the sweetness of a Christ-centered testimony.
An anonymous quote, “When we think right, there is always an abundance” is written in my bible, next to Philippians 4:17:”Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.” Paul’s words to the Philippians were stressing the importance of a visible testimony. If our actions and attitudes—our fruit—line up with God’s Word, others will see the evidence.
“Thinking right” means there may be some nasty weeds to pull. Removing bad attitudes that have taken up residence in our hearts is necessary so that we can make room for the nourishment we need.
Weed of Complaining
Look up Philippians 2:14-15. What responses are we commanded not to have?
~ Under what circumstances?____________________________
~What reasons are given for this command?________________
- God’s Word mentions several areas which can be affected by our choosing to behave unpredictably and unpleasantly. Identify where a complaining or unwilling spirit has already set in or has the potential to.
~ Luke 10:40-41_______________________________________
~1 Peter 4:9 __________________________________________
~2 Corinthians 9:7 _____________________________________
- The account of the Israelites’ deliverance and journey to the Promised Land of Canaan is referenced in 1 Corinthians 10:10-11. Why did this experience occur, and why is it significant to us?
~Why would God want to warn us about such behavior?
- What is it that the Israelites are unhappy about in the following passages?
~Exodus 16:1-3 _______________________________________
~Exodus 17:1-3 _______________________________________
- Moses followed God’s instruction to send a representative from each tribe to explore the land of Canaan (Numbers 13:1-3). In verses 25-33, the men return to report on their findings. Once again, the people find occasion to grumble! Refer to Numbers 14:1-4 and record their responses.
- Not everyone was a naysayer. Read Numbers 14:24 to find out what was different about the response of Caleb. What two reasons are given?
~ Who else does God say will inherit the Promised Land in Numbers 14:30?
- What is the consequence for the children of Israel? (See Numbers 14:29-34)
~Why would this wrong attitude cause God’s judgment to prevail?
~How are we like the Israelites when it comes to responding to pressure and change?
- Our problems and worries can certainly prevent us from trusting Jesus’ Words. David states in Psalm 119:92, “Unless thy law had been my delight, I should then have perished in mine affliction.” How often do you turn to the Scriptures for enjoyment and encouragement?
- In John 16:33, the expression “but be of good cheer” is used by Jesus as He addresses His disciples. Jesus was preparing His followers for the time when He would no longer be present with them. What has God given us in return?___________________________________________
- What instruction is given in Philippians 4:4 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16 that can surely bring “good cheer”? ___________________________________________________________
~What do you think is required of us in order to conquer a complaining attitude?
- List the promises you can find in John 15:16 that will give you victory over a grumbling spirit:
About the Author
Award-winning Author and Publisher Karen Finn has enjoyed the journey that began in 2012 with the release of her first book, Is Your Fruit Sweet or Sour? It was while teaching a teen girl Sunday school class, Karen developed a burden for their spiritual growth-not just on Sundays, but everyday life.
Although it had been more than three decades since her teenage years, Karen recognized the frustrations and fickleness of youth. What originally was going to be a class lesson, expanded into a 12-chapter topical study, which focused on cultivation and fruit. Using a unique, creative style of application, Is Your Fruit Sweet or Sour? contains a simple message at its core: live righteously for God.
Karen’s Bible study book has gone places that she had not ever considered: the foreign mission field, prison cells and a troubled girls’ home, to name a few. God continues to direct its path and purpose in many lives which Karen finds quite humbling.
There is a subsequent Bible study book “in the works”—one which deals with the topic of self-worth/well-being in the Lord, plus a 30-day devotional that Karen is attempting to release later this year.
Precept Publishing is the publisher, my independently-owned company. This book can be purchased at: Ingram/Spring Arbor (distribution), http://preceptpublishing.com; Other places where it can be purchased from: Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, Sword of the Lord Foundation, and Scripture Truth Book Company.
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