Sermon: “The True Vine”
Scripture: John 15: 1-11
Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler
Scripture and questions for study and reflection:
So far, in our “Who is Jesus” series we have looked at the following “I Am” statements: I Am the Good Shepherd, I Am the Light of the World, I Am the Bread of Life, I Am the Gate, I Am the Resurrection and the Life, I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and this morning we have... “I Am the Vine.”
Read John 15:1-11.
1. In today’s passage, who does Jesus say are the Gardener, the Vine and the branches?
2. How do the branches relate to each other and to the vine?
3. What does Jesus say the Gardener does to every branch that does not bear fruit?
4. What do you think it means to “bear fruit”?
5. Jesus says the Gardener also prunes branches that bear fruit so they can bear even more fruit. What does He mean by this? How might this work?
6. How have you been pruned by God in the past? What areas of your life still need a little pruning?
7. What does Jesus says happens to our fruit bearing ability when we remain connected to Him? What about when we are not connected to Him?
8. In what way does our connectedness (as branches) to the vine impact our joy?
Prayer for the Week:
O God, in mystery and silence you are present in our lives, bringing new life out of destruction, hope out of despair, growth out of difficulty. We thank you that you do not leave us alone, but instead you labor continuously to make us whole, pruning us so that we can bear more and more fruit. Help us to be willing participants in our own transformations. Help us to connect with you, and remain connected, submitting to your will and committing to advancing your kingdom. Send your Holy Spirit to be present among us as we lift up your name in praise and give you glory. Transform us more into the image of Jesus, that we might reveal you and your amazing love to others. Guide us in both our words and our actions, that we might be your good and faithful servants. We love you so much, and we offer this prayer in the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.