We are not perfect. We should not pretend to be. But we also are responsible to carry the name of Christ. We are as Paul writes, “Ambassadors for Christ,” representatives of God’s Kingdom. How might we be better seen not for our sake but for the sake of those who desperately need to see a living, en-fleshed example of God’s transforming grace?
Messages in This Theme:
Feb 16 – Don’t Take God’s Name In Vain
Feb 23 – Salt, Light, A City On A Hill
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When we abide in Jesus, the True Vine, and allow God to guide our growth, we produce an abundance of fruit that demonstrates our connectedness to Jesus. While many of us want to skip to this step, the reality is that bearing much fruit requires commitment and diligence that is life-long and healthy. Key Text: John 15:8-11
Abiding in Jesus requires being deeply connected to the vine. By our own selfishness or even though circumstances, rot can creep in on us. Left unchecked or unaddressed, this rot can cause lasting damage. If we don’t deal with the rot, God addresses the rot in us through His direct action. However, abiding in Jesus comes with an incredible promise: whatever you ask from Jesus will be done for you. Key text: John 15:6-7
Abiding in Jesus means that we are subject to the care and control of the Vinedresser. As a good vine is pruned and shaped, we submit to God and trust the wisdom of God through it all. Trusting the Vinedresser means that we receive the goodness and nourishment of our connection with Jesus, and it means we allow God to guide our growth. Key Text: John 15:2-3
While our culture pushes independence and self-sufficiency, the life that Jesus sets for us is one of sacrifice and surrender. Using a very detailed visual example, Jesus explains that God is the Vinedresser, Jesus is the Vine, and we are the branches. Being a follower of Jesus means that we choose to abide and remain in Jesus. Key Text: John 15:1,4-5 Images of Connections Click for larger image and description.