“Bearing Fruit” is the third installment of Robby Gallatys’ Growing Up series. The series presents a biblical plan for spiritual growth. In this book Gallaty discusses Christian maturity which is marked by the “fruit” it produces. He rightly divides law and gospel and does an excellent job of defining some important theological terms:
“We could say that justification frees us from the penalty of sin, sanctification frees us from the penalty of sin and glorification frees us from the presence of sin.”
“Bearing Fruit” focuses on the process of sanctification which Gallaty calls “the most misunderstood” concept of the three.” He explains that no Christian can produce fruit on his own; fruit comes only from abiding in the true vine, Jesus Christ. Our fruit is not our own and we do not earn righteousness through our good works. Fruit is the work of God in the life of the believer.
VERDICT: I would recommend this book as a study for individuals and groups and I would be interested in reading the others in the series. It includes a plan for yearly Bible reading and memorization.
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