Week 2: John 15:1-8

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John 15:1-8

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 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.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

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5 thoughts on “Week 2: John 15:1-8”

  1. George says:

    I look back on my life and I see those points of withering caused by not centering my focus on Christ. We are most vibrant and alive when we are pouring out God’s glory into others through service.

  2. Dawn says:

    Two verses stood out to me but I will give my thoughts on just one. The second half of verse 2 about the pruning of fruitful branches has much meaning for me (and probably a lot of others, too)! I have gone through the Lord’s pruning process many times and boy, is it hard! But those difficult realizations and hard decisions have helped me to grow so much more. Those times have also helped me realize that I need to let my kids go through some difficult experiences/consequences in order to really grow and change.

  3. Holly says:

    What is standing out to me this week is the “in me” phrases. It hit me hard that the branches he cuts off are in me… And like Dawn said, even my good branches that I see good fruit coming from need continual pruning. I think my tendency is to believe I have “arrived” in some areas of faith and my take away is to see that He is pruning those branches in me as well!

    Also, trying to get my head around how he is in me and I am in Him. What a huge concept!

  4. Linda says:

    I’ve been drawn to the song “I Need Thee Every Hour” lately, because I’m feeling my need of Him every hour of the day.

    My flesh keeps fighting this neediness. I remind myself that a branch needs the vine 24/7, and the only branch that doesn’t need the vine that much is a dead branch.

  5. Joey says:

    I just sat down to listen to My Bridge Radio and do some quiet time. Immediately God aligned my thoughts and mind. He brought me to this page online. I had never been to this page before.

    Funny thing is I had a Pear in my hand was eating it. I began to read “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” I thought, how did this Pear get here? A tree was watered, received sunshine, and bore much fruit. In the same way, I pray that my roots are firmly in Christ, that I too, may bear much fruit in my life. That others may taste and see that the Lord is good!

    Vs 8: “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

    Amen! May we bear much fruit for the Gospel of Christ Jesus!

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