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Feeding On the Vine

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Feeding On the Vine

Text: John 15:1-8 (NIV)

 “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 prunesa 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, and I will 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 a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is 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 given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

I.        Introduction

II.      Observe the Care of the Gardener : A Serious Inspection

A.      Observe the Character of the Vine:  A Concern With Legitimacy

B.      Observe the Cultivator of the Vine: A Concern for Authority

C.      Observe the Cutting of the Vine: A Concern for Productivity

1.       Clearing Fruitless Branches

2.       Cleaning Fruitful Branches

III.   Identify the Cause of Vitality: A Stimulating Association

A.      Vital Cleansing through the Spoken Word

B.      Vital Connection to the Living Word

1.       Connected to Each Other: Mutual Communion

2.       Connected for a Purpose: Fruitful Union

IV.    Maintain the Connection to Life: A Strategic Participation

A.      A Connection That Promises Fruit

B.      A Connection That Protects the Branch

1.       From Being Discarded

2.       From Being Dried Up

3.       From Being Destroyed

V.      Enjoy the Consequence of Communion: A Satisfying Relation

A.      Communion Resulting in Effective Prayer

1.       Effective Because it Issues from a Connection to the WORD of Life

2.       Effective Because it Issues from Internalization of the Word of Truth

B.      Communion Resulting in God’s Glory

1.       Fruit Produced

2.       Discipleship Proved

VI.    Conclusion


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a The Greek for prunes also means cleans.

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