July 5: Abide In Jesus (John 15:1-11)
This Sunday Brandon Jordan will continue a series on theology in the youth room at 9:00am addressing the word of God. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide 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. I 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. If 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. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (ESV)
In John 15 we read of the deep covenant relationship the church has with God the Father because Jesus abides in us and we in him. Indeed, we are commanded to abide in Jesus. Yet the Father provides all that we need to obey the commandment by providing Jesus, the true vine who renews and sustains his people, the true vineyard. By his presence, his word, and our prayers in his name we can bear fruit that glorifies God. We find the fullness of joy as we abide in Jesus and his word.
Review and Apply
- What is the context for Jesus' teaching in John 15? That is, what has happened in his life and how do the disciples feel about it?
- What does the vine, branches, and fruit imagery tell us about God's relationship with his people?
- What does it mean for us to abide in Jesus?
- How do we abide in Jesus?
- What sort of fruit glorifies God according to this passage?
- What is the goal of Jesus' instruction to his disciples and us (see v. 11)?
- Examine the status of your abiding in Jesus. Talk with and pray for one another so that we might bear fruit for God's glory as we abide in Jesus.