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In John 15:9-16 we see Jesus apply the beautiful truths of 15:1-11. He shows us that God's love for us comes to break the link between performance and obedience. Those who are attached to the Vine, or in Christ, will joyfully obey because of the grace and love shown to them at the cross.
In John 15:1-11 we see that Jesus categorizes 2 types of people. First, he shows there are some that believe they are part of the Vine but bear no fruit. These will be cut off and thrown into the fire. The other group are those that do abide in the Vine, yet he often prunes them so they will bear more fruit. Listen as we see that the goal is not to make ourselves a branch that bears fruit, but to be overwhelmed by the satisfaction and nourishment found in the Vine alone.
Christians are called to live like Jesus. Christians who truly embody an ethic of engagement are the best fix to our broken, isolated, sin-filled society. John's challenge to his readers, who had begun to practice escapism, rather than engagement, remains relevant to modern readers. Its an old command (and song): What the world needs know is love. Like Jesus, we are called to see, sympathize, and serve others.
Matthew 23:37 Acts 1:4-8, 2:17-21, 42-47 Jeremiah 4:4 Ephesians 4:17-30 Mark 10:46-52 Luke 24:28-29
How is prayer affected by our relationship with Christ? Jesus used the metaphor of the vine and the branches to teach his disciples how crucial it was for them to be vitally connected to himself as their source of life, fruitfulness, and joy.
The first sermon in a six part series focusing upon the images of the church in the New Testament. This sermon is teaching what it means to be part of the vine.
John 15:5, "...Apart from me, you can do nothing."
Has the Son Set You Free? 1. Who are you and what is your identity based on? (v33) 2. We are sinners enslaved to sin, and cut off from God’s family. (v34) 3. Jesus is the Son of God who can set us free. (vs35-38) 4. Believe and obey Jesus Christ: by faith & in the fellowship of His church. (vs31-32; John 1:1-18; 15:1-11; 21:15ff) Living in Christ’s Freedom 1. Live godly lives through the Holy Spirit’s power. (Gal 5 & Rom 8) 2. Live as a loving-unified church for the glory of God. (Rom 14:1 - 15:13) 3. Use our freedom to serve God and His gospel. (Heb 9:14; 1Cor 9)