Bro. Billy Compton -- 9/30/18 -- Series: Lessons From the Farm -- Working in the Hay -- John 15:1-17
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WORKING IN THE HAY
STEP ONE IS SURRENDER.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Remain in me, as I also 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” (vs. 1 & 4).
- Growing followers of Christ are challenged to remain faithful. The word remain is mentioned 10 times in the first 10 verses.
- The greater “Vine” is Jesus. Surrender connects us to Christ and his family.
STEP TWO IS CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.
Now remain in my love” (vs 9).
- The life of a disciple in Christ will not grow fruit without community. Spiritual growth needs a partnership. Connecting in small groups is about community.
STEP THREE IS PRODUCTIVITY.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and
appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—
fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in
my name the Father will give you. This is my
command: Love each other” (vs. 16-17).
- Each branch has responsibilities. Each branch is to bear fruit. A branch cannot bear fruit of itself.
Commit… Celebrate … Connect … Contribute!
Working in hay or growing as a disciple of Christ is not meant to do alone!!
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