Abiding in Christ (by Beau Carpenter)

Here are some notes I took this past week at the VBM Orientation from a message by Chris Gardner that was very helpful to me! I hope it will be a blessing to you as well.

John 15:1–5 – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

-This comes right after the upper room, a very close intimate time with his disciples.

-Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen, he is preparing his disciples.

1.Put your eyes in the right place
I am not the one bearing fruit, I am a branch from the true vine, Jesus. 
We think God can’t without us, but he can do anything he wants. We are simply branches off of him.

2.Two kinds of Branches
One that bears fruit, one that doesn’t. 
If we are abiding in Him we will bear fruit.

3.We become so focused on fruit we become fruitless
This passage isn’t really focused on bearing fruit, but on my relationship with God. It is about abiding. Point of the passage is to abide in Jesus and allow him to take care of the rest.

-John 15 no imperative verbs to bear fruit, my job is never to bear fruit, my job is to abide

When we abide fruit is produced, often we look in the mirror and try to bear fruit, but the important thing is that we abide in him.

Question is: God am I daily abiding in you?


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