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Sunday morning: April 19, 2015

Message Title: Abide In Me

by: Caleb Bunch
Scripture Reference: John 15.1-11
Tags: gospel, new testament, john

Outline

1 True Vine. ...

1 True Vine.

  1. The Pharisees (and most Jews) believed that their source of spirituality was their ______________.
  2. The OT occasionally refers to the nation of Israel as a vine. It is always in a ________________ context.
    1. Isaiah 5:2 “He looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded ___________ grapes."
    2. Isaiah 5:7 "For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of ____________."
  3. What vine are you ______________ in? Every vine other than Jesus is an imposter.

2 Kinds of Branches

  1. Branches that do not bear fruit.
    1. These people are not Christians.
    2. These people are like _________. (compare John 13:10)
    3. These people are called ____________ apostates   (1 John 2:19).
    4. These people are removed and eventually destroyed     (vs. 2, 6)
  2. Branches that do bear fruit.
    1. God will do _____________________ in the life of a Christian to make them more like Jesus.
    2. Pruning often makes us very uncomfortable.
    3. Pruning usually comes in the form of ______________.

3 Applications of Abiding

  1. Persevere
    1. Jesus is speaking to His disciples about this right before He is crucified for a reason. He wants them to be strong in their __________________________.
  1. Rely on Christ for EVERYTHING
    1. 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 _______________.    (John 15:5)
  2. Do not lose focus.
    1. Hebrews 12:1-2 Fix your eyes on Jesus.
    2. Sin abounds when you stop looking at Jesus and start looking at ________________________.

4 Benefits of Abiding

  1. Bearing much fruit (vs 5)
    1. The fruit of the Spirit brings about pleasure and satisfaction.
  2. Prayers are answered (vs 7)
    1. If you ask anything in accordance with His will.    (John 14:14)
  3. Bask in His love (vs 9-10)
    1. His love is always the motivation for true _________________. (John 14:15, 1 John)
  4. Fullness of Joy