Jesus SAID That?

John 15:6

If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

What does Jesus mean when Jesus does something or when He says something?

What does it mean to me, here today?

Three Part Lesson from Jesus

John 15

1) Remaining or staying connected in Jesus (v. 1-8)

2). Unity with believers (9-17)

3) Because of our unity in Jesus we are at odds with the world (18-27).

Romans 11:11-24 & Hebrews 6:7-12 echoes John 15

The vineyard was a common symbol of Israel

I. The Vine (John 15:4, 5 & 7) Jesus is the vine

Jesus uses the phrase “I am” 7 times to claim deity in John

(6:35; 8:12; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1)

The job of the Vine is found in v. 4 & 5 & 7

II. The Branch (John 15:2-8) We are the branch

The job of the Branch is: Remain in Jesus & Bear Fruit

7 times in the passage, Jesus uses the word remain

Two types of Branches

a. Fruit bearing branches

b. Non-fruit bearing branches

Outcomes of both types of branches

Fruit Bearing: pruned by Gardener (God) -> produce more fruit

Non-Fruit Bearing: Gardener (God) cuts off -> burned in fire

III. The Gardener (John 15:1, 2, 6, & 8) God is the gardener

The Job of the gardener is found in v. 1-2 & 6

In what ways can you abide in / with Jesus?

Hebrews 10:25

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

1. Choose to read through your bible with the church

2. Choose to attend our next set of bible study groups

3. Choose to attend church service as often as you can

Hebrews 12:2, 3 GW 2 We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Now he holds the honored position—the one next to God the Father on the heavenly throne.