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I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresse

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Desiring A Friendship With Jesus Christ

1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit... 4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing... 7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. 8 "By this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love.
12 "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 "You are My friends, if you do what I command you. 15 "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain...” John 15:1-10; 12-16
I. A Review of the Three Stages of Fruit Bearing

A. God chastens those who bear no fruit.

B. God prunes those who bear fruit.

C. Abiding means friendship with Christ and the result is fruit.

1. “Abiding” is a that is up to each Christian.

2. You are as to as you to be.

II. How Does One Abide in Christ?

A. We, as Christians, must do things, which ourselves to Christ and keep us in close with Him.

1. Those things include a variety of spiritual and .

2. These practices and disciplines do not bring friendship with Christ.

B. One enemy of our friendship with Christ is: .

III. What is Fruit?

A. Fruit is God-produced .

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control...” Galatians 5:22-23a

1. Fruit is about , not .

2. Practices and disciplines do not bring fruit.

B. Fruit is God-produced .

“ know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia...” I Corinthians 16:15


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