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2015 Retreat Devotionals

July 20, 2015 by jpark

Bearing Fruit in the Vine John 15:1-11

1 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.

Introduction
A mother was giving final instructions to her young son before plunging into the crowd: “Stay close to me and hold my hand the entire time. We won’t get separated if we hold on to each other.”

Here, Jesus prepared His disciples to face life without His visible presence, He impressed on them the importance of staying close to Him spiritually. He said, “Remain in me.” If you’ve ever longed to understand the secret of spiritual growth, you will find it in Jesus’ words to us in John 15.

Questions
1.     In this passage, Jesus speaks to his disciples about bearing fruit.  Write down your own observations and interpretations.

2.     What does it mean to abide in Jesus?

3.     What truths in this passage about the Father stick out to you, and why?

Please share with the group how this passage applies to you today.  How has your abiding in Jesus been?  How has your trust in Him been?

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