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Saturday, August 05, 2006 at 7:01 AM

Bearing fruit for the glory of God: Saturday Morning QT

Christ our vine: John 15:1-17

1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants,[a] for the servant[b] does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Understanding the passage:

  1. What is the relationship between Jesus Christ and God the Father? What is the relationship between us and Jesus? Us and God?

  1. Notice the fact that the disciples are already clean (v.3), yet what are they asked to do? (v.8) In much the same way, we who are justified by faith, are asked to bear fruit for the same purpose.

  2. How do we abide in Christ's love? (v. 10) What is the purpose of all of this? (v. 11)

Applying the message:

  1. In light of Christ's new commandment (which is new because we're asked to love one another as Christ loved us) how can we love one another more? Especially in light of v. 13

  1. With the promise of Christ's promise to those whom He has chosen, spend some time in prayer, giving thanks and praying for yourself as well as those you know (small group, unsaved friends, family, personal prayer requests)

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