Jesus commands us to love one another. We accomplish this by serving one another. But, sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes people aren’t as they ought to be. Sometimes it’s hard just to follow Christ. It seems like we can easily go from spiritual highs to spiritual lows. Is there a way to gain some consistency?

Jesus teaches us to remain in him. He is the vine, we are the branches. When we remain in the vine, we receive strength, nourishment, and power. But if we move away from Christ, then we will struggle. Apart from him, we will wither and die.

Only by remaining in Christ will we bear fruit. The fruit we bear is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. The fruit is the result of being in the vine, receiving everything we need from Jesus. God the Father is the gardener, he prunes us so that we will produce more fruit.

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Readings

            “Be like the Son of Man. He did not come to be served. Instead, he came to serve others. He came to give his life as the price for setting many people free.””

Matthew 20:28  NIrV

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Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

John 15:1-17

John 15:1-17

John 15:1-17

John 15:1-17

John 15:1-17

John 15:1-17

Luke 24:44-53

 

Questions to think about as you read:

  1. We’re going to spend the whole week looking at Sunday’s passage. Jesus says the Father is the gardener who cuts off every branch that doesn’t bear fruit. What kind of impact does that have on you?
  2. What does it mean that God prunes the branches that remain in the vine in order that they bear more fruit. What example did Pastor Paul give to explain this?
  3. Jesus emphasises remaining in him. Since we have a natural tendency to wander, this is a fitting reminder. What are some practical ways you can remain in Jesus?
  4. Jesus says, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.” When you think about it, this is very comforting. It means that we need to stop our striving, our working at faithfulness by our own efforts. It means that we need to let go of all that, and trust Jesus; he provides everything.
  5. As the Father commanded Jesus, so he commands us. We are to remain in Jesus’ love. These words are reassuring to us, even after we’ve sinned, we are returning to the one who loves us!
  6. Jesus commands us to love one another. Jesus loved us first, he died for us. Like Jesus, we lay down our lives for others. Think of some ways in which you can do that.
  7. Prepare your heart and mind for Sunday. Read through the passage before the service starts, pray for Pastor Paul, for the worship leaders, for the tech team, servers, security, Sunday school and nursery attendants, that all together we might worship God in spirit and in truth!