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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for John 15:1-12

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"ABIDING IN CHRIST."
Intro: The Christian has a unique relationship with his Lord: Other religions may offer high ideals, only Christianity offers the capacity to attain.
I. THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES.
A. The purpose of the branch is to bear fruit.
1. God looks upon me with a two-fold desire.
a. What He can do for me.
b. What He can do through me.
2. Ideally, as much fruit as possible.
a. As the fruit begins to develop, He purges the branch that it might bear more fruit.
1. This purge misinterpreted prune.
2. It is to wash and cleanse.
b. This cleansing comes from the Word.
1. "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?"
2. "Now ye are clean through the Word."
3. The Father is glorified when I bring forth "much fruit."
4. What is the fruit of the Christian life?
a. LOVE "But the fruit of the Spirit..."
1. Love for God.
2. Love for one another.
b. We have often considered evangelism.
1. The love creates the true motive of evangelism. "For the love of Christ..."
5. Who is benefitted by the fruit.
a. God, fruit primarily for Him.
1. God is love.
2. He originally created man in His image.
a. Man has fallen far.
b. He now seeks to recreate us.
b. The world around us.
1. Ye are the salt of the earth.
2. Ye are the light of the world.
c. I benefit from the fruit, by a fulfilling life.
B. The resources for the branch in the vine.
1. The branch has no capacity apart from the vine.
a. It cannot bear fruit by itself.
1. This is where reform programs fail.
2. This is where other religions fall short.
b. Cut off from the vine it withers and dies.
c. "Apart from Me you can do nothing."
2. I have no life in myself.
3. I do not have to strain to receive life.
4. I do not have to worry about processes, just hang in there.
5. I know my resources are sufficient.
a. Scripture speaks often of ability of God.
1. "Now unto Him who is able..."
2. "For I know who I have believed..."
b. All that I need and more He provides.
II. HOW CAN I ABIDE?
A. "If ye keep my commandments ye shall abide in my love."
1. "This is my commandment that ye love one another as I have loved you."
III. THE RESULT OF ABIDING.
A. A fruitful life.
B. A fulfilling life.
C. A joyful life.
Sermon Notes for John 15:1-6 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for John 15:4,5 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Luke 1:5 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Acts 1 Next Book →
CONTENT DISCLAIMER:

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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