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- Lessons from my Grapevine
- Grapevines take a lot of pruning
- Pruning takes discernment
- Pruning never stops
- The Vine and the Gardener
- Intro (Jn 15:1, Mt 21:40)
- Why is the Father pictured this way? (Jn 15:1)
- Why is Jesus Pictured as the true vine? (Jn 15:1)
- What does that make us? (Jn 15:2)
- Pruning and Cutting off (Jn 15:2, 6)
- Cutting –= Removing false believers like Judas from Church (Jn 15:6, Mt 13;39-49)
- Pruning –Removing parts of our life that don’t align and look like Jessu.
- An example –
- Sometimes the pruning comes from experiencing the effects of our own sin, or the sin of another.(Rom 5:3-5)
- What Kind of Fruit is the Father looking for? (Jn 15:7-8)
- Answered prayer is part of the fruit that God desires
- But it isn’t just any prayer you prayer.
- the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal 5:22-23)
- Mt 3:8 implies that a changed life, that flees sin and pursues righteousness is the fruit of repentance.
- Mt 12:31-34 makes our words the fruit of our life.
- Jn 4:36 tells us people ready to be reaped for conversion are fruit.
- Rom 6:22 tells us that fruit is sanctification leading to eternal life.
- Eph 5:9 tells us the fruit of light is what is good, right and true.
- Phil 1:11, Heb 12:11 refers to it as fruit of righteousness.
- Heb 13:15 speaks of the sacrifice of praise to God as fruit of lips acknowledging him.
- Isaiah 5 is a common // passages for understanding John 15.
- How is fruit produced? (Jn 15:4-5)
- Resting in Jesus (Jn 15:4)
- Keeping commandments (Jn 15:10)
- Joy is the result of a fruitful life (Jn 15:11)