Jesus: Story Teller
The True Vine
The Vine and the Branches
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
In order to sustain a genuine spiritual life in the world, believers must remain intimately attached to Christ.
You see discipleship is not just a manner of acknowledging who Jesus is, its having Jesus spiritually connected to our inner lives.
Know your position:
vs. 1: I am the true vine, and my father is the Gardener.
“He is the vine, and we are the branches. Our only hope for life is to stay connected.”
Know the process:
vs. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that produces no fruit, while every branch in me that bears fruit he prunes.
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Jesus used many teachable stories, or parables, to help people understand The Kingdom.