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Rooted in Love

July 24, 2022

Going Deeper in "Rooted in Love"

John 15:1-12

Jesus, the True Vine

15 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.

Read the following a few times:

John 15:1-12

Isaiah 5:1-7

Jeremiah 2:21

Romans 8:26-27

Psalm 80:8-9

Jesus wanted his disciples to realize that not all who claim to be God’s people do actually belong to God, and he wanted them to be able to tell the difference. Love is the proof!

Reflect on the following:

1.      What inspired you from the ASP team presentation? If you have been on a mission trip in the past, what did you learn?

2.      A gardener cuts off dead branches that do not contribute and trims small branches so that when they grow back they might be stronger. How does this apply to your life?

3.      God often used the imagery of a vineyard to describe his chosen people. Read Isaiah 5:1–7 as an example. What can we learn from those verses about Israel?

4.      Jesus transfers this image to himself. He is the “true vine” who, because he always does what pleases the Father, produces fruit. What fruit does God want to see on us?

5.      The world would have us believe love can be picked up at a card shop. The kind of love the God created and demonstrated is a costly love that involves sacrifice and presence. What gifts of love have you received lately?

6.      People who follow Jesus are no longer typical for God has grafted us into the vine of life. We may have normal things, but we are just not the same anymore. What does Jesus hope to see produced in us as we abide in His love? What does that look like every day?

7.      How often do we try to do things in our own strength and wisdom without asking God for help? What holds us back?

Respond in one of the following ways:

1.      Just as Jesus’s fruitfulness was dependent on his doing the Father’s will, so the disciple’s is dependent on holding on to Jesus’s teaching. Commit to spending 5 minutes every day meditating upon more of Jesus’ teaching.

2.      Write down one totally unselfish and unexpected act of kindness or generosity that you will do today.