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1 Secrets of the Vine Pt. 6“Make A Wish”Dr. R. A. VernonSunday, May 5th, 2013Screens> John 15:7 (NASB) “If you abide in Me,and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish,and it will be done for you.”Screens> MAKE A WISH!!Intro:Screens> John 15:6 (NASB) 6“If anyone does notabide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and driesup; and they gather them, and cast them into the fireand they are burned.”Screens> Three Ways John 15:6 Has BeenInterpreted
2 Screens> Number OneScreens> The “burned” branches are Christians whohave lost their salvation. (But this contradicts manypassages, e.g., 3:16, 36; 5:24; 10:28-29; Rom. 8:1.)The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Expositionof the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.Screens> Number TwoScreens> The “burned” branches representChristians who will lose rewards but not salvation atthe judgment seat of Christ (1 Cor. 3:15). (But Jesusspoke here of dead branches; such a branch isthrown away and withers.)The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Expositionof the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.Screens> Number ThreeScreens> The “burned” branches refer to professingChristians who, like Judas, are not genuinely savedand therefore are judged. Like a dead branch, aperson without Christ is spiritually dead and
3 therefore will be punished in eternal fire (Matthew25:46). Judas was with Jesus; he seemed like a“branch.” But he did not have God’s life in him;therefore he departed; his destiny was like that of adead branch.The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Expositionof the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.(Talk about what Lady Vernon saidabout the detached dead brown branchand work it)Screens> John 15:7 (NASB) 7“If you abide in Me,and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish,and it will be done for you.”In contrast with verse 6, the emphasis in these versesis positive: remain with Jesus and bear much fruit.Effective prayer is based on faith in Christ and onHis words remaining in believers. Christ’s wordscondition and control such a believer’s mind so thathis prayers conform to the Father’s will. Since hisprayer is in accord with God’s will, the results are
4 certain—it will be given you (Work)The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Expositionof the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.Screens> 1 John 5:14-15 (NASB) 14This is theconfidence which we have before Him, that, if weask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And if we know that He hears us in whatever weask, we know that we have the requests which wehave asked from Him.Screens> John 15:8 (NASB) 8“My Father isglorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and soprove to be My disciples.”(Talk about how you feel good when your staffand family look good. Sing old-school commercialVidal Sassoon “If you don’t look good, we don’tlook good!!” God feels the same way when we getblessed!!!)Close with a run on “Make a wish!!!”(Use this during the invitation if you need it)
5 Screens> John 15:9-11 (NASB) 9“Just as theFather has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide inMy love. 10If you keep My commandments, you willabide in My love; just as I have kept My Fatherscommandments and abide in His love. 11Thesethings I have spoken to you so that My joy may bein you, and that your joy may be made full.”