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  • G CAMPBELLMORGANThe value of the union with Christ (vv. 7-8)The nature of the union with Christ (v. 10)The purpose of the union with Christ (v.11)The law of the union with Christ (v.12)
  • MURRAY, pp. 54-55Withdraw yourself from all needless distractionsClose your ears to the voices of the worldBe as a docile listenerSurrender all of your own wisdomSeek a deep conviction of utter blindness of the natural understanding of things of GodWait for Jesus to teach and to guideRetire frequently with Him into the inner chamber of the heart Hold fast with unshaken confidenceLive, above all, day by day, in the blessed truth that … the living Christ Jesus, is your wisdomAbide in Him and He in yousummarized, “connect and stay connected”! – © Michael Paris
  • “It is no cheerless barren existence that Jesus plans for His people. … The Christian life is not some shallow, insipid following of a traditional pattern. It is a life characterized by ‘unexhausted (and inexhaustible) power for fresh creation’.” Leon Morris, 673-74

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  • Bearing MuchMore Fruit John 15:9-17
  • Introduction Communion celebrates the relational union made possible by the love of God in Christ Jesus.
  • Introduction
  • Introduction• Fruit is only possible through a true CONNECTION with Christ.• Regular, lasting fruit is an EVIDENCE of true discipleship. (v.8)
  • Sustained light is the desired result of a connection to a powerful source!
  • Regular progress is the desired result of a connection to a powerful tool!
  • Introduction “As our communion with Him becomes more intimate andintense, … the more we realize how the life in us is the life of One who sits on the throne of heaven.” Andrew Murray
  • More Fruit• Healthy branches produce LOVE fruit (vv.9-10, 12-13, 17) – We have received much sacrificial love from Jesus – To whom much is given, much is expected or required (Lk 12:48) – We are to love one another, abiding in love, just as the Father and Son
  • More Fruit• Healthy branches produce JOY fruit (v.11) – The fullness of joy comes when we do what we were made for – There is an emotional response to a cognitive choice to live in Christ – It is a relational phrase in 2 Jn 12
  • “The Christian life is not someshallow, insipid following of a traditional pattern. It is a lifecharacterized by ‘unexhausted (and inexhaustible) power for fresh creation’.” Leon Morris
  • More Fruit• Healthy branches produce OBEDIENCE fruit (vv.12, 14-15, 17) – These directions are not optional or conditional, they are imperatives – There is a distinction between “slavery” and “friendship” – motive – We are called children of God, and that is what we are, so behave • Cf. 1 John 3:1-10
  • Conclusion “Obedience in carrying out his purpose would be a guarantee of success, for Jesus never planned failure for His disciples.” Merrill C Tenney
  • More Fruit• Healthy branches produce COMMUNICATION fruit (v.16) – We want to talk to the one that we love; it brings us great joy; it gives us insight into His desires for us – God delights in answering with good gifts for further growth
  • Conclusion “Love is the evidence of grace working in our souls.” HA Ironside
  • ConclusionAre you a true, connecteddisciple of Jesus Christ?Let us examine theevidence…
  • Conclusion• No fruit = no connection• Little fruit = needs pruning• Much fruit = healthy branch• MORE fruit = growing!• The evidence is in the fruit.
  • Conclusion“An absolutely fruitless life is prima facia evidence that one is not a believer.” “The proof of discipleship is fruitbearing.” Merrill C Tenney
  • Conclusion “Discipleship is not static, but agrowing and developing way of life. … The true disciple is becoming more fully a disciple.” Leon Morris
  • Self-Inspection• S – SINS to confess, reject: – Idolatry  connecting to wrong vines – Hypocrisy  pretending to be connected – Apathy  not even faking a connection or caring about disconnects
  • Self-Inspection• P – PROMISES to hold on to: – Obedience assures proper connection and brings great joy. – There is answered prayer for those connected to God’s plans.
  • Self-Inspection• E – EXAMPLE to follow: – Jesus set the example in sacrificial love – Jesus set the example in determined obedience
  • Self-Inspection• C – COMMAND to obey: – Love one another – Keep these commands
  • Self-Inspection• T – THANKS to share: – I have a personal relationship with God, through Christ, which produces fruit – I have, by grace, been chosen, cleansed, equipped, and positioned for growth – I have a group of people around me who want to go and grow together