April 29th 2018
John 15: 1-8 LIFE WITH PURPOSE
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 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. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 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.
5 “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. 6 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. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (NIV)
- 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)
- Fruit of the Spirit is a mark of Christ’s CHARACTERon our lives.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.