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A Certain Kind: Discipleship Essentials

Feb 17, 2019 | Kelvin Kauffeldt

This Is What Matters To Jesus

John 15:1-11

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In discipleship, what really matters to Jesus?

“That you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples.”  (vs. 8)

The bottom line is – genuine/growing disciples bear fruit! (Col. 1-9-10, Gal.5:22, 23)

So what enables disciples to be fruitful over the long haul?

1. Genuine/growing disciples value their relationship with Christ (4-8)

  • What we value we will prioritize and make time for

  • A disciple’s fruitfulness is directly related to the value they place on intentionally remaining in Christ, maintaining a vital connection.

2. Genuine/growing disciples take God’s word seriously (9-11)

  • Fruitful disciples “remain in His love” by obeying His commandments (vs. 10)

  • Fruitful disciples experience “complete/full” joy when living in obedience to Jesus ways.  (vs. 11)

3. Genuine/growing disciples understand ‘pruning’ is part of the process (1-2)

  • Fruitful disciples acknowledge they belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19, 1 Cor. 3:23)

  • Fruitful disciples acknowledge God is a ‘good, good Father.’ (Heb. 12: 10b-11, Rom. 8:28,  Jas. 1:2-4)

“Christians were chosen for this and appointed for this. It is God’s design and economy that each believer should live in union with His son and be fruitful – express the effect of that union in daily life.”


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