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April 29th 2018

John 15: 1-8                                                                                                            LIFE WITH PURPOSE

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.                                                                         (NIV)

  1. Jesus is CLEAR, his followers natural bent is to bear fruit, i.e., fruit of the Spirit;

the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.                                                                            (Galatians 5:22-23)

  1. Fruit of the Spirit is a mark of Christ’s CHARACTERon our lives.
  1. What people see in us reveals some sort of profession of faith in Christ.  (It may be a profession that Christ is not important at all, or that he is marginal in our lives or that he is central to how we live.)


  1. When the fruit of the Spirit is present, love for God and love for people is evident. It is the catalyst for missions, serving, and worship.
  1. Fruit bearing is possible only through a vital CONNECTION with Jesus. (We are not invited into spiritual passivity, rather, into a lively relationship.)
  • Jesus emphasizes the need to REMAIN in him.
  • There are times when we need to RECONNECT with Jesus.

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