[THE TRUE VINE] 03.08.2020
I Am Series | Pastor Tracy Cook
TEXT John 15.1-8 NKJ
“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 bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
- THE SOURCE OF CHRISTIAN LIFE IS CHRIST.
2 principles in pruning:
- Dead wood must be ruthlessly removed.
- Live wood must be cut back drastically.
- THE SECURITY OF CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ABIDING IN CHRIST.
Romans 8.1 “No condemnation for those who are in Christ.”
Results of abiding in Christ:
- Effective prayer life, v7 3. Continual joy, v11
- Obedience 4. Love
Galatians 2.20; Philippians 4.13
- THE SUCCESS OF CHRISTIAN LIFE IS FRUIT-BEARING.
Order of progression:
Fruit, v2 every branch that bears fruit He prunes
More Fruit, v2 that it may bear more fruit
Much Fruit, v5 He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit
Galatians 5.22-23; John 15.9-11; Revelation 21.22 – 22.5