The Priesthood of All Believers

Stay Connected

(and it isn’t about your cell phone or the internet)

John 15:1-11 (ESV)

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 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. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 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. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Study and Devotional Guide

1. When people today think about being connected, they think about cell towers and the internet. What Jesus means by staying connected is a lot deeper than that. He is telling us to be so connected to him that we take nourishment from him and bear fruit. He mentions several things here that tell us how to be connected at that deep, nourishing level. What are they?

2. What happens to branches that do not bear fruit? Does that mean God is angry at them? Does it mean they are condemned?

3. What happens to branches that do bear fruit?

4. What is the fruitfulness Jesus wants for his followers? What is the fruit?

5. If God prunes us, what is the pruning? How does he do it? Why does he do it?

Hoping to see you this Sunday,

Pr. Steve Dennis


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October 22, Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

  9:00 am Adult Bible Study

10:00 am Worship

11:00 am Refreshments, Sermon Interaction, HisKids Groups